[BARTLESVILLE, OK] The Greater Bartlesville Police Department is investigating claims that two Oklahoma pig farmers shot down and ate a drone being utilized by a film crew as part of an ongoing exposé investigating factory farms and the health risks of “open sewage lagoons,” that surround them.
“Apparently, these two believed the drone was ‘trespassing’ and they shot it down with their .22,” said Deputy Gregory Smalls. “And once they downed the drone, they proceeded to cut it into pieces, bread it, deep fry it, and eat it.” The exact details of the report are closed at this point as the investigation is ongoing.
Drones have been used in the past to gain access to appalling conditions on factory farms. One such filmmaker made news recently for uncovering sewage lagoons in North Carolina where nearly 1,000 local residents are forming a class action suit against Smithfield Farms claiming they are contracting deadly diseases by breathing the contaminated air sprayed from these lagoons.
Deborah Johnson, chief executive officer of the N.C. Pork Council, said it is “alarming to see farmers who work hard every day to comply with regulations and laws operating their farms be targeted with actions like this.” Really?
The filmmaker, who also directed the documentary Speciesism, commented about the sewage lagoons by stating they are “among the most bizarre and disturbing environmental phenomena that I have ever confronted in America.” You can watch the video of Mark Devries’ footage here. In the video, the drones capture shocking aerial footage of several massive facilities that supply pigs for Smithfield Foods.
In a recent radio interview on KTOK, Oklahoma’s News Source, one of the Oklahoma pig farmers commented: “… that thing [drone] was scaring up some of our hogs and we don’t want no scared hogs. So, hell yeah, we shot it down and ate it. Tasted like chicken.”
The investigation is ongoing and details will be posted here as they become available.