The archvillain’s motivations are crystal clear, and very familiar if you know about the views on human population associated with Paul Ehrlich or, even more so, Eric Pianka.
This was about raw power. If Alfie had escaped the diktat, there would soon be others demanding their freedom too.
What could be more wholesome or innocent than a visit to the zoo? You may ask that now, but it was a quite a different state of affairs a century ago.
I know Judge Bea, who wrote this decision — and he’s no left-wing radical. So, I think the court is sending a warning.
If the current trend continues, “river rights” will exert a tremendously destructive force.