Last summer, animal services removed 102 kittens from [Diana] Darnaby's home in Summerfield, Florida, and on Wednesday judge Thomas Thompson did cats everywhere a favor when he ruled that, under local statute, she's hereby forbidden from owning any more of them, ever again." - Claire Landsbaum, New York Magazine, January 29, 2016. Here is the article.
Any animal lover knows how much harm this cat hoarder caused the four-footers. They need their space and lots of attention. That's impossible when there are more than a hundred roaming around. But an excess number of cats also is bad for the common good. There can be an odor and lots of meows. It can be difficult to sell property. Neighbors can be fearful that the Cat Lady could snap and become violent.
But, all kinds of excess can harm the common good. That's what Socialist Bernie Sanders is attempting to tell America. Not that total equality is possible or even should be a national goal. In "Animal Farm," George Orwell exposed how easily human nature undoes the concept of equal distribution of goodies. Some animals will always consider themselves more equal than others.
But, there can be a cap put on excess. Some of the quite-well-to-do such as Mark Zuckerberg are imposing that ceiling on themselves. Tax policies can also accomplish that sort of thing. Whatever the method, there should be part of the national will to end those kinds of excesses which wind up harming so many others.