With the recent relaxation of the feeding mechanic, people are concerned that there will be an epidemic of quantity over quality when it comes to thralls.
Perhaps having beds and barns as “thrall capacity” would be a more diegetic approach to both base building and population management.
The idea is that each thrall and tame requires basic accommodation, which translates to structural capacity. If the beds and barns get destroyed, nothing will happen to pre-existing thralls and pets… it’s just that new thralls and pets can’t be deployed until more beds are built.
Whether this will just translate into more land-grabbing or not, i’m not sure.