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Title text: It's cool, it's totally ethical--they're all programmed to hunt whichever bird of prey is most numerous at the moment, so they leave the endangered ones alone until near the end.
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Law enforcement and security agencies often use birds of prey to combat drones flying unlawfully over restricted sites. This is often more cost effective than using technological means (such as scramblers and counter-drones) and safer for the public than using conventional weaponry (such as shotguns).
See for example http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-europe-35750816/eagles-trained-to-take-down-drones.
Eagles, being predators, have natural tendencies to attack the central components of drones while avoiding the sharp and spinny bits.
Cueball argues that this is unethical as it forces rare animals to put their lives at risk, and compares it to using police dogs for traffic control, which people would generally frown upon.[
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Megan thinks both ideas (eagles and dogs) sound cool, but she understands the ethical argument against using them for traffic control.
Black hat, on the other hand, goes a step further and says that he has created a drone that hunts the eagles. In the title text, he continues that is ethical because they (only the title text mentions that there are several of such drones) only target the most populous species first, although they will eventually eradicate the endangered ones once they bring down the number of all birds of prey. He seems to miss the point that it is not merely the relative number of birds that creates the ethical problem, but the fact that animals' lives being put at direct risk by humans.
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(Cueball, Black hat and Megan are standing.)
Cueball: Everyone loves these eagles that take down drones, but ... I dunno.
Megan: You gotta admit, it's pretty cool.
(Close-up on Cueball's face)
Cueball: Yeah, but ... training rare animals to hurl themselves at whirling machinery can only get us so far, you know?
Cueball: At some point, it's like releasing police dogs onto highways to attack speeding motorcycles.
Megan: Also cool, but I see your point.
Black Hat: Plus, I just finished my autonomous drone that hunts eagles.
Cueball: Man, you are an entirely separate class of problem.
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