A ruling by the Supreme Court surprised the world as it seemed to favor Bestiality.
As long as there is not penetration involved, sex acts with animals are legal in Canada, according to a surprise ruling issued by the Supreme Court.
The determination came from a case involving a British Columbia man who was convicted of 13 counts sexually assaulting his stepdaughters – including one count of bestiality. But the man, identified only as “DLW”, was acquitted of the bestiality count with the new ruling.
DLW’s attorneys argued that bestiality linked to “buggery” – or sodomy – with animals beginning with an 1892 criminal code. Bestiality was first used in a 1955 code, but still was not defined to encompass every sex act with animals.
“Although bestiality was often subsumed in terms such as sodomy or buggery, penetration was the essence – ‘the defining act’ – of the offence,” the court said.
Thus, the court ruled by a 7–1 majority that bestiality required penetration.
In the United States, 31 states have specific laws on the books criminalizing bestiality. According to theguardian.com:
No reliable statistics exist on how many people engage in bestiality, but recent examples from academia and the news give us some clues
On Tuesday, a co-worker sent me a link to an article on the Cairns Times (which turned about to be a fake news site) about an Australian man feared dead after attempting to have sex with a crocodile.
A study last year – which used Foucault to make sense of the issue – looked at hundreds of members of the online zoosexual community, many of whom feelthey are treated unfairly by the mainstream. One individual commented: “I sincerely hope that one day genuine zoophiles can turn the tide. However, bearing in the mind the current attitudes in society this won’t be easy.”
But animal rights activists say bestiality is abusive. When Ohio recently moved towards outlawing bestiality, Leighann Lassiter, an animal cruelty policy director at the Humane Society, said “the passage of animal sexual abuse legislation is a great victory for the animals of Ohio”.
Of the 31 states in the US with laws specifically about sexual acts between humans and animals, 16 impose a felony and 15 impose a misdemeanor.
No reliable statistics exist on how many people engage in bestiality around the world and which animals they have sex with. However, recent examples from academia and the news include:
In a 2009 study in the Archives of Sexual Behavior about zoophilia (an abnormal fondness of animals), a 47-year-old married father of two describes his sexual interest in horses:
When I was first married, I tried so hard to be good and didn’t have any sexual contact with equines for about a year. After that, I couldn’t suppress it any more and my contact with the horses rose while my relations with my wife declined. I tried to be a normal husband but human sex always felt wrong, I could do it but I couldn’t learn to like it […] Even closing my eyes and pretending she was a horse didn’t work after a while.
Last year, a London doctor was found guilty of possessing footage of bestiality, including a video of a man having sex with a snake.
Earlier this year, a 64-year-old was charged by police after footage was found of her having sex with a St Bernard, a black labrador and an Alsatian. A British vetalso pleaded guilty to criminal charges in 2014 after footage was discovered of him having sex with a dog and a horse.
New York police arrested a man in 2014 for allegedly attempting to have sex with a cow while another man filmed it.
Of the animals mentioned above, dogs and cows seem to be the most common victims according to a 2002 survey of 93 zoophiles by Dr Hani Miletski. Well, at least I think so. Miletski’s paperback is currently priced at $200 on Amazon (a bargain compared to the hardback price of $2,186.41) so I am relying on this psychologist’s write-up of her findings.