Think cattle herds suing ranchers or lab animals suing universities — not to improve care but to liberate from all human use.
“Animal standing” would open the courts to lawsuits brought by animals.
This was about raw power. If Alfie had escaped the diktat, there would soon be others demanding their freedom too.
“A doctor killing a patient is analogous to a pilot deliberately crashing a plane.”
There will be much more to say about the utilitarian drift of medicine and the increasing loss of patient autonomy.