Archive for March, 2011

Animal Abuser Registry Proposed in CA

http://www.exposeanimalabusers.org/article.php?id=1274

This legislation would create a registry much like the Megan’s Law registries for people who abuse animals in any way, including sexually.  The url above includes many links to other sites addressing the issue.

Unfortunately, this particular bill failed to advance, but hopefully new legislation will be reintroduced this year and pass.  I’m generally not a big fan of governmental intervention in our lives, but given the harm that results to both people and animals from animal abuse (and sexual abuse in particular), I think legislation of this sort is critical.  Other posts and links on this blog address the nature of that harm and its repercussions.

We don’t tolerate sexual predators who prey on humans in our midst without a registry; we should not tolerate animal abusers, either, including bestialists, without exposing them for who they are, and ensuring that they are brought to justice.

I will be monitoring this issue and will post updates here on the blog as I become aware of them.  Please contact your legislators and voice your support for such a bill.  Believe me, they do actually listen when their constituents take the time to do so.  It is amazing how few people it really takes to get them to support bills that people support, especially when logical arguments, and factual data are included. A number of states already have such registries, and more are being put in place as time goes by.

We need to get people who abuse animals – including sexually – off the streets and put away where they belong, and a means of notifying everyone else about the nature of their crimes put into place.

I’ve included a number of links on this website to what research on the subject I am aware of, and will also continue to update that as I learn more.

If you don’t live in CA, please support bills of this nature in your own home state, and if none are in process, please approach your legislators and ask them to sponsor one.

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An expert in animal rescue and dog psychology and behavior addressed a question posed on a local mailing list about the negative effects of bestiality on dogs.  Reposted here by permission of the author, Atheris.

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Post #6320 on Kink in the Bay Area yahoo e-list, on June 29, 2004

In answer to questions posed by our Moderator on the negative effects of Bestiality on Dogs.

Note: Oct. 7, 2010: I have updated this a bit and added some additional resources. I hope to write a full article soon!

Mistress B- I can answer these questions for you. First of all I will say I have been studying dog behavior and psychology, training dogs, and reading as many books by other trainers as I can get a hold of since I was a small child (yes I read the ‘adult’ books and had to get permission to check them out when I was 10!). I have a lot of experience with real dogs and have been doing this much longer than I have been in the BDSM scene.

First a bit of background on the dog basics- there is NO way I can cover everything I know in this post- it would be a book and too long. I will recommend some books at the end of this post to get people started if they are interested.

But – for the basics- dogs are not human. Dogs don’t communicate like we do- they can’t speak English or Spanish or Japanese, or any other language that we can speak. They DO communicate quite fluently in their own language. Dogs do D/s and their language is largely based on it. But to make it more confusing for us humans- they do D/s much differently than we do.  Most non-kinky people just ignore or don’t want to know that their dogs do D/s because they find it ‘offensive’. The dogs still communicate in it whether you like it or not. Since they can’t speak our language and we can understand theirs and even ‘speak’ it if we choose to learn how, I feel that it is our responsibility to do so.

It is in a dog’s nature to try to become Alpha- this is not something that is done once and then it is never addressed again. In a pack of dogs the Alpha dog may become ill or be killed- the pack will need another Alpha member and one of the other members will have to prove they are fit to be in the position (I am not going to go into how this is done as it is done in many different ways.)

In a human “pack” (and this IS how the dog sees your family), if you are not Alpha, then your dog is. This is a fact- not something you choose. Even if you don’t see it this way- the dog still does. This is why so many people have dogs that bite and they don’t know why. Many small dogs are dominant in their household while the human members of the pack don’t even realize it! Some people do realize it and think it is ‘cute’. IMO it is NOT cute to have any dog bite a human- whether that dog is a Rottweiler or a Chihuahua.

1. Is it any more abusive to a dog than forcing it to mate with
another dog and bear pups for human profit?  When a dog is taken to
be “bred”, neither dog “consents” to intercourse and
the female doesn’t consent to bearing young which will be
snatched from her as soon as they are ready to be sold.   Do the
folks who believe that human/dog sex is immoral because a dog cannot
consent find dog breeders to be abhorrent too?

Ok- you think of your family like this: (or something like this) there is you, your partner(s), your children. The pets may or may not be considered ‘family’. The dog looks at it like this: You, pack member, and your partner(s) and children are all pack members along with the dog. This is the dog’s ‘family’. The dog needs to know where he/she’s place in the pack hierarchy is.  This is not ‘optional’ this is how the dog sees it whether you do or not and many problems with dogs can boil down to problems with understanding this one thing. If you are not Alpha and none of your human family is- the dog probably is, at least in the dog’s mind.

It is the right of the Alpha pack member to control sex. It is very common for only the Alpha members to mate- and in packs in which non-Alpha members mate, the subordinate members NEVER mate with the Alpha member. This is not done in dog society. So for you to set up a breeding with another dog and that dog is also not alpha you probably don’t have a problem. The minute you have sex with your dog the dog is now EQUAL in his mind in the pack position. Now if you have a dog that is naturally more submissive- you probably won’t have a problem that is overt, although I still feel it is abusive because submissive dogs really DO NOT want to be in an Alpha position. It makes them nervous and insecure. If you have a dog that is not submissive then you will almost certainly have a problem. Dogs do not just ‘take over’ in the pack status- they do it very subtly and very quietly- in most cases- only if there is a BIG blow out between two members who feel they are both qualified for the position will you have an aggressive problem between dogs.

I once had a very interesting dominance confrontation with a small dog (this dog weighed less than 10 pounds). If there had been anyone else there, I am betting most people would have not even realized that it went on. It was entirely silent and all body language and I never touched the dog. It took about 5 seconds and at the end the dog recognized me as Alpha (even though he didn’t recognize his Mistress as such). If this dog had been a large dog and an established Alpha it may have not gone so quietly and I might have ended up in the hospital- dogs do have some idea of their ability to hold that position, even though people like to think otherwise. This dog would listen to me and obey me – he stopped barking incessantly unless his Mistress was there- since she encouraged it without realizing it. She encouraged all the behavior problems by not being Alpha.

You cannot train a dog unless you are Alpha in the dog’s mind. You have NO right to tell a dog what to do or when to do it unless you are Alpha in the dog’s mind. This is not something you can change. You either understand it and utilize it and communicate clearly with the dog in his/her language or the dog will misunderstand you. This is the reason I don’t ‘train dogs for people’ and it is the reason that when people go to an obedience class with their dog- the trainer can get the dog to do things that the owner can’t- because the trainer establishes Alpha status in seconds and the owner has not done so. It is MUCH easier to take a young dog- establish Alpha status and maintain that status than it is to take a full grown dog (especially a large one) and ‘take the dog down a notch’.

2. Regarding the proposition that allowing a dog to have intercourse
with a human will result in an aggressive dog which will have to be
killed because intercourse in dogs is related to dominance, I ask
whether it is any worse than allowing a dog to do the following
activities, e.g.,  allowing a dog to sit on furniture, allowing a dog
to sleep in your bed, allowing a dog to eat at the table with you,
etc?   These activities are also related to dominance, but I have
never heard folks who do these things be accused of dog abuse.

It can be equally as bad to allow the dog to sit on the furiture as it is to have sex with them- depending on the situation. I have no problem letting my dogs on the furniture when I want them up there- BUT if I say “get off” they get off- no questions, no arguments. This is because they recognize me as Alpha in the pack. If they were Alpha and I said “get off the couch” They would not listen as I would have no right to tell them what to do- in fact THEY have the right to tell me what to do. The Alpha pack member controls ALL resources- including food, sex and ‘comfy places’. This doesn’t mean that they can’t have sex or they don’t get fed- but instead they do so at the direction of the Alpha or AFTER the Alpha member. Sex is more complex than this and I get into it a bit here but this can’t cover the entire scope of what is going on in the dog’s head.

A while ago it was believed that dogs only understood short one word commands and were not able to understand more complex phrase or ideas- this is not true. I have had dogs understand “get down here right now” (calling a dog from upstairs where I was not, to downstairs where I was) and my dog understands that “I can’t ever get on the bed but I can get on the couch however I have to get off if Alpha says so”)

A lot will also depend on the individual dog’s natural tendency toward Dominance or submission. All dogs have some place they fit on that scale- the more dominant dogs will constantly strive for the Alpha position and the most submissive dogs never will. Unless you really understand dog language you have NO way of knowing where a dog is on this scale. There is an excellent scale for evaluating puppies to find out what their natural tendencies are (breeders use this to determine if a dog will be a good working dog of any sort, for competition or for guide dog or service dog jobs).

One example I will give is one Lhasa that I knew of- I was visiting a friend whose mother had just got a Lhasa puppy. While I was there the puppy was chewing on something he was not supposed to be chewing on- I pointed it out and my friend’s mother took the item- the dog didn’t let go. Instead the dog growled. SHE let go and the dog stepped up the ladder in the pack hierarchy without her even knowing it! Six months later NO ONE- not family nor guests could sit on the couch if the dog was on the couch. They thought it was ‘cute’. If the dog had been a large one- they would have had a problem. Dogs of all sizes do D/s the same way- but the fact is large dogs can cause humans more damage – even kill.

I am a promoter of responsible dog ownership all the time- not just on this list. I am active in my dog club too- although I keep my ‘doggie’ activities very separate from my kink life. I try to help people understand dogs- vanilla or kinky people as it IS as much of a problem to allow a dog to be dominant in any situation- whether you are having sex with them or not- and if you have a large dog you are playing with fire and you might get burned, you might not and someone else might- you never know.

Many here [on this list] may not know but there is a LOT of activity in certain Cities trying to pass breed specific legislation (banning certain breeds- of which my main breed is one of them). Dog owners have been hurt most recently by that incident in SF involving the large dog that killed a women (and I have heard they were having sex with the dogs but I have to research this more before believing it).

People often think a good protection dog is aggressive- this is a myth- good protection dogs are well trained. Police dogs are NOT aggressive as many people would think they are. They are very well trained and the Human part of the team is Alpha. The police officer that handles the dog MUST work with the dog a lot – it is not something you just ‘issue’ like you do a gun since there is a relationship there that has to be established and maintained.  I actually believe that most of the people that are a danger to responsible dog owners are not kinky people- they are people who want ‘an aggressive dog to be a good watch dog’ and instead of learning what they can about dogs- they just try to make a ‘quick’ mean dog and they succeed.

But you can’t do that if you don’t know anything about it. Most people (both kinky people who want to have sex with dogs or vanilla people who want a dog to play with the kids) don’t want to bother with learning about the animal they have chosen to share their life with. This is the reason the shelters are so full of unwanted animals- most of those animals are very healthy and there is nothing wrong with them- they just need some training, including knowing their place in the pack. They need exercise (many people grossly underestimate the amount of exercise a dog needs).

Dogs are highly social animals- just like us, and they have a very complex language just like we do. They understand social heirarchy and in many ways are so much like us- but yet so different. All I ask is that people try to understand them before doing things that might hurt them.

The books I recommend are: (more…)

Please sign this petition at Change.org to make bestiality videos illegal.
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~~How this works (Synopsis): Porn and torture videos are invasive, and not necessary for the sustenance or well being of the participants, thus nobody can sign for them. Children cannot legally sign a consent, and neither can beasts. This is a separate legal charge apart from existing porn laws due to lack of legal consent. It will also *automatically make bestiality videos…illegal. ~~

MANY AMERICANS RAPE ANIMALS: Some are so proud and shameless of it, they video record themselves doing it and post it all over the net. Not only is it tolerated in American – but it’s also protected as “free speech”. Tell me-what does RAPE have to do with any kind of free speech anyway? (Bestiality is LEGAL in 20 States!)

Bestiality is more common than people would like to think as evidenced by the wide spread sex porn on the net of humans engaging copulation with subhuman animals. It’s sick and revolting. Animals can’t talk and report sexual assaults. If a person Googles web search “dog sex”, “horse sex” or even “beast sex” a million returns depicting human engaging sex with some kind of animal that even teenagers are accessing, downloading, and sharing with peer-to-peer software contributing to the delinquency of minors in all 50 States and animal cruelty. Committing crime and this corruption of minors is not part of free speech. This reflects society as a whole-people watching bestiality videos will lead to the real thing: Bestiality recordings are very epidemic all over America. It’s just a matter of time people watching these videos people will go on craigslist.com and adopt their own “Free to good home” dog or cat to fulfill their unnatural sexual longings which will even injure the animal. These animals are small, and can’t report to the police they were cruelly abused.

This reflects society as a whole-people watching bestiality videos will eventually lead to the real thing as free to good home animals are everywhere, and what people do behind closed doors nobody will know about-they are after all getting off watching these videos, so massively available on the Web and will take it a step further.

LEGAL CONSENT MANDATE with pornography or torture videos due to its invasiveness; to include distribution.

Freedom of speech becomes the rape, or assault and battery, instrument when porn, or torture recordings without or without sexual contact, are created and/or distributed, against one’s will, or participant(s) unable to give legal consent; this includes acts of animal cruelty.

(1) This Act of Lack of consent is a separate charge from any existing laws regarding pornography of its creation and/or its distribution;

(2) This is to include the creation and/or distribution of any recorded media or photo;

(3) Pornography is invasive therefore requires legal consent of all participants: Works of sexual intercourse, and/or including infliction of pain and suffering (sadomasochism or torture videos with or without sexual contact): The work appeals to the prurient interests only lacking genuine scientific, artistic (i.e., fictional or computer generated) or political merit.

(4) No power of attorney or ownership of participant of said work can give legal consent because these pornographic recordings/distribution do not contribute to the welfare or sustenance of such individuals whether human or non-humans. Bestiality (humans having sex with animals) and necrophilia (live humans having sex with dead bodies) would be rendered illegal as these participants (subhuman animals, and the dead) cannot give legal consent. Child porn also lacks legal consent (minors cannot give legal consent). Any living thing who cannot give legal consent has no business being in a porn or sadomasochism flick.

(5) Recordings (and/or distribution) of any kind and photos of sexual activity, or torture (even without sexual contact), done by concealed cameras or equipment without the awareness of the participant(s) is prohibited due to lack of legal consent.

(5) This proposal cannot break existing legal contracts unless by usual due process of law.

EXEMPTIONS:
(1) IN GENERAL- This section shall not apply with regard to any visual depiction of–
(A) customary and normal veterinary or agricultural husbandry practices;
(B) the slaughter of animals for food; or
(C) hunting, trapping, or fishing.
(2) GOOD-FAITH DISTRIBUTION-
(A) a law enforcement agency; or
(B) a third party for the sole purpose of analysis to determine if referral to a law enforcement agency is appropriate.

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Horse owners are becoming increasingly concerned over the development, TV4 reported. 

According to the Swedish Veterinary Association (Veterinärförbundet) there were around 20 reported cases of horses or cows with their sexual organs mutilated reported in 2006. By 2010 this number had doubled to 40 cases.

“Our understanding is that it has unfortunately increased,” said Johan Beck-Friis at the association told TV4.

TV4 figures compiled with the help of the police indicate that the problem could be even worse with 60 reports of the genital mutilation of horses have been filed in the areas around Sweden’s major cities alone.

Niklas Långström, sex crimes expert and professor of psychiatric epidemiology at Karolinska Institutet, told TV4 that this is not a case of ordinary cruelty to animals.

“This is done by people getting a sexual kick from animals in general and of inflicting pain on them, a sexual sadistic kick, so to speak,“ he said.

According to TV 4, only two weeks ago the mare Bionne, Swedish jumping champion in 2009, was mutilated. She is currently pregnant by Tornesch, Swedish riding star Malin Baryard-Johnsson’s stallion.

http://www.thelocal.se/32742/20110322/

March 3: Sheriff: Coker man admits to sexually abusing dog. There is not an anti-bestiality law in Alabama.

A Coker man charged with animal cruelty admitted that he sexually abused a dog, Sheriff Ted Sexton said today.

Three witnesses told deputies that they saw Samuel Earl Sims, 56, abusing the mixed-breed dog at a home on Hillview Lane around midnight Sunday.

“These witnesses happened to observe this by accident,” Sexton said. “They were shocked and appalled.”

Deputies had the same reaction. They were working Monday to upgrade the misdemeanor animal cruelty charge to a felony.

“We’re aggressively trying to seek more serious charges,” Sexton said.

There is not an anti-bestiality law in Alabama.

Deputies were not sure Monday whether the 40-pound dog, named “Lady”, has an owner.

“It seems that she’s a neighborhood dog. If someone claims her, she will be returned to the owner,” he said. Otherwise, she may be available for adoption.

Veterinarian Dr. Jimmy Canant examined the dog and found no serious injuries, Sexton said. He said that the dog has a good disposition and got along with other dogs at the vet’s office.

The sheriff did not provide further details about the situation. He said that Sims admitted his guilt.

“Our defendant did give a statement admitting to the allegation that he had sexual intercourse with the dog,” he said. “This is the first time in my career that I have heard of anyone doing this.”

Two deputies discussing the case in Sexton’s office Monday morning said that they had heard similar allegations in the past, but did not know of any cases where there was evidence or an arrest made.

He was charged with Class A and Class B misdemeanor animal cruelty charges. A judge will later drop one of the charges.

He remained in the Tuscaloosa County Jail Monday afternoon with bail set at $1,500.

Sexton said that he contacted a state legislator Monday to discuss the possibility of introducing anti-bestiality legislation.

Sims has been arrested in the past. In 1992 he plead guilty to an arson charge after setting fire in several trailers and a car at a mobile home park in Shelby County. The court file indicated that Sims cannot read or write and has a fifth-grade education. A probation officer wrote that he was “somewhat” mentally disabled.

Reach Stephanie Taylor at stephanie.taylor@tuscaloosanews.com or 205-722-0210.

from: http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/article/20110228/NEWS/110229571/1291/dateline?p=1&tc=pg