I am considering committing mass genocide. The intended victims have not threatened me, except by their existence in the sphere of my daily life. Do I have the right to kill them?
They moved into my neigborhood about a couple of weeks ago and quickly settled in. They built their own house lovingly, carefully, bit by bit. I watched from a distance, detached at first, then with interest and even delight at their cleverness and determination. At first, there were only two of them. Now, there are about 15. I know the numbers will increase until my ability to exterminate them will be too risky. I have to act now or take the chance of painful attack in the future.
They are wasps. Or hornets. Or something else that comes in that scary stinging-flying-thing configuration. They have chosen my window as their breeding grounds. They have done no wrong. They act as they are driven to build, and breed, and feed, and protect. What right do I have to destroy all their hard work and waspy dreams?
And what would be the best way to do it?