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Bestiality And Zoophilia: Sexual Relations With...

Many who oppose zoophilia/bestiality do so on non-religious grounds. They assert that animals cannot give informed consent to sexual relationship, making the practice essentially rape. The same argument is used against pedophilia.

Bestiality and Zoophilia: Sexual Relations with...

The evolving view of this criminal activity can also be seen by the criminal chapters under which these laws are placed. Historically, engaging in sexual activity with an animal was considered a crime against public morals or a "crime against nature" as in states like Michigan. The act of bestiality was often placed in statute that covered other sexual acts that were historically considered "unnatural" and "perverted" (Maryland), or "abominable" and "detestable" (Rhode Island). One state (South Carolina) still refers to the activity as "buggery." The majority of states label their laws dealing with this conduct "bestiality."

One state deals with listing on the sexual offender registry in the text of its law. In 2017, Texas enacted a comprehensive bestiality law. In doing so, it also amended the criminal procedure code allowing bestiality to be a "reportable conviction or adjudication" for sexual offender registration program under Article 62.001(5), Code of Criminal Procedure.

Earlier this week, Denmark passed a law making bestiality a criminal offence from July 1st in a move to tackle animal-sex tourism. Bestiality (also known as zoophilia) is typically defined as relating to recurrent intense sexual fantasies, urges, and sexual activities with non-human animals. At present, there are still a number of countries where zoophilia is legal including Brazil, Mexico, Thailand, Finland, Hungary, and Romania. In the US there is no federal law against zoophilia although most states class it as a felony and/or misdemeanour although in some states it is technically legal (for example, Texas, Kentucky, Nevada, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Wyoming, West Virginia, and New Mexico).

Almost all of the recently published studies have collected their data online from non-clinical samples. All of these studies report that the overwhelming majority of self-identified male and female zoophiles do not have sex with animals because there is no other sexual outlet, but do so because it is their sexual preference. The most common reasons for engaging in zoophilic relationships were attraction to animals out of either a desire for affection, and a sexual attraction toward and/or a love for animals.

Zoophilia describes the feelings of sexual arousal or sexual preference for non-human animals. Zoophilia and zoophiles are not to be confused with furries, who are fixated on anthropomorphic or cartoon animals and are rarely sexually motivated in this fixation.7 This form of sexual arousal is considered a paraphilia, or a condition characterized by atypical sexual desires. The actual act of engaging or allowing or recording sexual intercourse with animals is known as bestiality.9 Thus an individual can be a zoophile without engaging in bestiality such as through fantasizing or other sexual acts. Bestiality is generally considered non-consensual sex because animals are not capable of giving affirmative consent, which is necessary in all sexual situations. Sexual acts with animals can lead to various risks, mainly physical to both the animal and participant. Due to the information above, bestiality is considered a form of animal cruelty and is illegal in many parts of the world.

Sex with animals might not be as rare as one would think. A study done in the 1940s found that nearly 50% of boys raised on a farm in America experienced at least one sexual encounter with an animal, and 17% of those interactions led to orgasm. Within this study, zoophilia was significantly less prevalent among females, with only 3.6% of the subjects recalling zoophilic encounters.10 It is important to state that zoophilic disorders are only diagnosed if a sexual attraction or sexual relations with animals persists until after adolescence. This is a standard requirement in the DSM-V for diagnosing paraphilic disorders.6 The statistics presented above are prone to error, given the lack of research and surveying into bestiality. This lack of data can be attributed to the stigmatized nature of zoophilia in addition to a lack of laws that require entities such as animal control agencies, veterinarians, and law enforcement to report statistics on criminal acts involving animals.

Individuals may engage in bestiality because they have difficulty forming healthy sexual relationships with humans. Many of those who engage in bestiality lose, or never had, a desire to have sex with humans. Alternatively, the animal may be used like a sex toy because it provides sensations similar to human sexual stimulation. In this instance, the animal is not viewed as a loving partner but as an object that can be used for sexual gratification.3

There are many physical risks and consequences associated with the act of bestiality. These risks depend on many factors including the species of the animal. One risk associated with bestiality is the contraction of zoonoses, which are infections that can be transmitted from animals to humans. Zoonoses can be exposed to humans through contract with semen, vaginal fluids, urine, feces, blood, and saliva. Examples of prominent zoonoses include toxocariasis and Q fever. In addition to this, there have been some cases of allergic reactions to animal semen resulting in anaphylaxis. Perhaps the most common consequence of bestiality is the risk of physical trauma such as biting or trampling by the animal as well as associated trauma from penetration. In 2005, the same 45-year-old Seattle man who was discussed above was admitted to a hospital and declared dead after his colon was perforated while engaging in sexual intercourse with a horse.12

There is much debate regarding the morality and ethics surrounding bestiality. The dominant view in society is one of animal welfare. Most people follow the notion that bestiality is harmful to animals because animals are unable to give consent. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) believes that all sexual activity between humans and animals is inherently abusive, even in cases where the animal is not physically harmed. HSUS states that in order for affirmative consent to occur, all participants need to be conscious, fully informed, and positive in their desires, which is unable to be communicated between humans and animals.18

On the other hand, defenders of bestiality claim that consent is subjective when it comes to animal welfare, given that there are many legal practices such as slaughtering, laboratory testing, artificial insemination, and others, which do not require the consent of animals.11 Those who support bestiality argue that as long as there is no physical harm to the animal, bestiality can be beneficial to both involved parties. Others in support of bestiality claim that animals are capable of sexual consent given that many animals initiate sexual encounters with humans, such as dogs humping the leg of their owner. According to one survey, many zoophiles believe bestiality is not abusive. Many zoophiles even consider themselves to be animal welfare advocates.4

Zoophilia is a paraphilia in which an individual receives sexual arousal while fantasizing about sexual encounters with animals, or one who feels desires to engage in the act of having sex with animals. A form of zoophilia that defines the engagement, allowance, or recording of sexual intercourse or sexual activity with an animal is called bestiality. Despite being highly stigmatized, there are many people who have reported engaging in this behavior, yet the statistics regarding the exact population of zoophiles or those who engage in bestiality is unknown. While there are laws in place, the majority of policy surrounding bestiality and zoophilia is difficult to comprehend in clear, legal terms. The morality of zoophilia and bestiality is highly debated within the world at large and within the community itself. Given the associated physical, social, and behavioral risks, zoophiles may seek treatment. If a person is experiencing distress from zoophilic fantasies or behaviors, it is encouraged to seek help or advice from a mental health professional.

BALTIMORE -- Although bestiality goes back to the dawn of time, treatment for paraphilias related to sex with animals remains an inexact science, according to sexual medicine specialist Renee Sorrentino, MD.

America is extremely wicked and filled with perversion. People actually boast in the fact that they are zoosexuals. People even boast that they love zoophilia pornography. Cannibalism and bestiality is on the rise and not only is it sick it is animal cruelty.

An ontological shift has led to a revitalisation of the research area that, within the social sciences, deals with the interactions between humans and animals. However, there are topics which are still taboo: interspecies sexuality. Sexual practices between humans and animals have been fundamentally analysed from a medical perspective, failing to consider the influence of cultural context. Departing from a thorough bibliographical revision, here we revise the approaches that, both from sociology and anthropology, have been used to analyse this phenomenon from different perspectives, including bestiality, zoophilia, and zoosexuality.

It is important to reiterate that bestiality involves having a physical connection with an animal, while those suffering from ZOCD, know that they would never want a intimate connection with an animal, but are plagued with worries that they might. In some cases of Zoophilia OCD, watching beastiality porn is used as a compulsion, to check if the sufferer is attracted to the idea of engaging in sexual activity with animals..

Conversely, people with true bestiality are more interested in the physical aspect of having sex with animals. These individuals find it exciting, sexually arousing, and sexually satisfying to perform intimate acts (i.e., sex or sexual activities) with non-human beings. 041b061a72


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