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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.

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

A GRAN who was photographed having sex with her family’s dog has been convicted of bestiality.

Paula Mangan, 42, was snapped by boyfriend Lee McCall, 41, with the rottweiler-chow cross.

Police found a CD of 33 vile images in a raid on their Liverpool home after McCall was suspected of arson and voyeurism. Officers also uncovered 61 indecent images of children.

Mangan, who has two teenage daughters and one grandchild, admitted sex with the animal at Liverpool Crown Court.

Judge Robert Warnock called her a “troubled and damaged individual” and imposed a two-year community order with supervision. McCall admitted making indecent images and faces sentence in April. The pair hid their faces as they fled court.

A neighbour said they still own the dog, adding: “It’s disgusting. They seemed a normal family.”

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3413845/Grandma-posed-for-sex-with-rottweiler.html

Jan 26: Little Animal, Big Crime: Man Accused of Sex With Mini Horse

For some reason, I’ve had a ton of stories about horse sex lately (see below)… but this is the first one to involve a mini horse, and definitely the first one to involve an animal with a name that could belong to a stripper.
Eric Steven Easley, 27, is accused of sexually abusing Ebony Ice, a mini horse, last year. The horse’s owner found the horse tied to a post by its tail… but that’s not all he found.

Police say Easley left his wallet, complete with driver’s license and Social Security card, at the scene.

Now, Easley told a judge he’s in counseling — and Ebony’s owner says the man sure needs it.

“I do believe he needs help,” Pat Foster told al.com. I’m glad that he’s getting help because I think as long as he is in therapy of some kind, then maybe nothing will happen anybody else.”

Since zoophilia and bestiality are not actually crimes in Alabama (insert obvious jokes), Easley was charged with animal cruelty and killing or disabling livestock.

from http://weirdnews.about.com/b/2011/01/23/little-animal-big-crime-man-accused-of-sex-with-mini-horse.htm

Jan 18: Sex with horse results in man’s death.

A Seattle man died after engaging in anal sex with a horse at a farm suspected of being a gathering place for people seeking to have sex with livestock, police said.

The horse involved in the incident was not harmed, and an autopsy of the unnamed man concluded that “the manner of death was accidental, due to perforation of the colon”, a police spokesperson said.

“The information that we have is that people would find this place via chat rooms on the Web,” said Sergeant John Urquhart of the King County Sheriff’s department.

Although sex with animals is not illegal in Washington state, Urquhart said that investigators were looking into whether the farm, located in Enumclaw, 64km south-east of Seattle, allowed sex with smaller animals that resulted in animal cruelty, which is a crime.

There is no evidence that any money exchanged hands for the sex acts. There are several horses, bulls, dogs and other animals on the farm.

At this point no one has been arrested, but aurhorities are not ruling out the possibility of charges ultimately being filed.

At least one man with convictions for sex crimes is reportedly connected to the events at the farm.

The bizarre death of a man who had sex with a horse made dreadful headlines. But last summer’s infamous Enumclaw animal-intercourse investigation did not turn up a rural crime wave of bestiality, authorities say. State Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn, however, plans to continue her push for a law barring such acts, worried the case revealed “an animal sex ring, a magnet for syndication of the sexual abuse of animals. People came from outside this state to engage in this activity because people knew they wouldn’t be arrested.”

Enumclaw Police and King County Sheriff’s investigators ultimately expended little time on the case after determining no felony laws were broken. There was no convincing evidence of animal cruelty, and bestiality is not a crime in Washington. Investigators concluded that only three men were present when a 45-year-old Seattle man was killed while having sex with a horse July 2 at one of two neighboring farms where such acts took place in southeast King County. And only one suspect, James Michael Tait, 54, has been charged with a crime, first-degree trespassing, a misdemeanor.

“The sheriff’s office did not find that any [felony] crimes had been committed,” says sheriff’s Sgt. John Urquhart. Thus, “we didn’t look too deeply into how many people had visited farm No. 1 [Tait’s property] or how big an operation it was.” Says Roach: “Right. What’s the purpose of investigating further if there’s no law against it? We’re one of eight states without one. Animals are left unprotected, and it is abuse of an animal to sexually assault it.” She suspects Internet chat has attracted out-of-state abusers, although all three men in the Enumclaw case were locals. “When you are dealing with the Internet,” Roach says, “you just have to assume it’s gone past state lines.”

Tait, a truck driver who lives near the Southeast 444th Street farm where the death occurred, pleaded not guilty and awaits trial in Burien District Court. The second farm’s owner was unaware the threesome had sneaked into his barn late at night, according to the King County Prosecutor’s Office. Urquhart of the sheriff’s office says that “typically,” men were having sex with a horse on Tait’s property, “but on this particular night it is my understanding that horse wasn’t particularly receptive.”

The man who died during the incident suffered a perforated colon after being penetrated by the neighbor’s horse, investigators say. He also owned a horse of his own, according to the Humane Society, which says it is trying to find a foster home for the animal. “Bestiality,” says local Humane Society director Robert Reder in a statement, “is an unsettling and uncomfortable topic.” Nonetheless, “The people who engage in this behavior are victimizing animals.”

According to charging papers, Tait told a sheriff’s deputy that he and the two other men “came to know each other as a result of their common interest in having sex with horses and other animals.” Tait and the man who later died both had sex with the neighbor’s horse that night, according to the charging papers. The second man died while Tait was videotaping the encounter. The tape was later shown to the couple that owns the barn so they could confirm it was their horse, known as Big Dick. Enumclaw Police turned up as many as 100 VHS videos and DVDs. But with no applicable bestiality or animal abuse laws to enforce, authorities never viewed the tapes, Urquhart says.

Roach is still drafting the bill to criminalize sex with animals, which she plans to introduce at the legislative session that begins in January. Her e-mail and phone calls are running universally in support of a ban, she says. The bill, as a draft shows, may include felony provisions against videotaping the acts. Though she considered adding an Internet provision, she admits any such ban would be difficult to police-in part because the Internet is already teeming with animal-porn sites, such as Zoo Porn, which offers “zoo dating.” Her draft bill reads: “A person may not knowingly engage in any sexual conduct or sexual contact with an animal,” nor knowingly “organize, promote, conduct, advertise, aid, or abet, participate in as an observer, or perform any service in the furtherance of an act involving sexual conduct or sexual contact with an animal for a commercial or recreational purpose.”

Still taboo, discussion of bestiality has been opened up by the freewheeling Internet, and other media as well. Recently, on the Alan Colmes Show on Fox Radio, the host asked radical antiabortionist Neal Horsley whether it was true he had sex with animals in the past. Horsley replied: “Absolutely. I was a fool. When you grow up on a farm in Georgia, your first girlfriend is a mule.” If that surprises some people, he added, “Welcome to domestic life on the farm. You experiment with anything that moves when you are growing up sexually.”

Roach thinks animal abusers are often associated with child abuse, as well: “The studies people have sent me show how abusers develop by starting with something helpless, an animal; next is a child. These are patterns that develop.” But her final bill will have to be carefully written, she adds, to exclude some farm-sex acts. “For example, farmers, in a routine way, inseminate animals with sperm they buy from veterinarians,” the senator says. “That’s an act of [animal] husbandry-that’s different.

http://www.pet-abuse.com/cases/5034/WA/US/

Animals very much are harmed by having sex with people, whether receptive or active – and even if that contact is only oral.

I’m hoping to have reposting permission soon to I’ve now received permission and posted some writings by a kinky dog trainer who has an extensive background in dog psychology that further expands on the issue, but basically, at least with dogs, sexual behavior is a right reserved for the dominant animal in the pack, and when a pet is allowed to (or forced to) engage in such behavior with people, that makes him think he’s the boss – and that can have seriously negative repercussions for both the animal and the people.

The dominance problems that result from allowing an animal to behave in an alpha fashion with a person does result in many of these animals having to be put down – but often not before someone (frequently a child) is mauled or killed.  Even “just” allowing an animal to lick a human being sexually sets up this dominance psychology that can lead to problems.

I’d say this is a serious threat to the animal, as well as to people.

Remember that case a few years back with the couple whose large dogs mauled and killed a neighbor woman (I can’t remember the names offhand)?  If memory serves, I seem to recall there being information that the woman owner had been having sex with the dogs.  This was a big part of why they lost control of the animals.

Here’s also a link to some other case reports that show just how stressed some of these animals who are used for receptive sex by humans are, and how happy they are to be rid of their tormentors, despite the jerks’ claims that the dogs loved it – “Sexual Abuse of Animals: Crime and Fantasy“.

There is substantial evidence that people who commit violent crimes often get their start as animal abusers, and this much is well known.  What isn’t as well known is that of those people, the worst of them also have a history of sexual abuse of animals.  This subject is addressed more extensively on other posts on this blog, and in the links.

So even if the animals aren’t directly harmed, people clearly often are, which is reason enough by itself to ban a practice like this and make it illegal.

It is thus a critical public health issue to stop animal abuse in general, but also specifically sexual abuse of animals.

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Bestiality is sexual abuse of animals.  People having sexual contact with animals for their own gratification, or using animals sexually to demean and injure others, is animal sexual abuse.

So what’s this got to do with a blog with a heavy focus on people abuse and kink?

A lot, actually.

I found out some information related to this topic a few months ago that has had me extremely worried.

I also really love animals in general – in a healthy way.  I’ve always had pets, who have always been cherished companions, and I take the responsibility to protect these creatures we bring into our lives seriously.  I’ve done animal rescue and other volunteer work in the past, both throughout the Bay Area, California, and nationally, and undoubtedly will again.  I make financial donations to support groups that engage in this work.

And of course, I have a strong, long-standing interest in the topic of abuse in general.

So, the topic has been on my mind for a while, and I finally realized I may as well use my blog to explore it.

One of the things I certainly can do is try to further understanding of this perversion, and the very real damage it does, both to the animals in question – and to the people involved, particularly if the animal is used as a tool to abuse her (usually a woman or child) with.  I can open the door to discussion to a) help people understand the extent of the problem and why it’s so bad, and b) give people who have been victimized this way in some manner a place to vent and share their feelings with other victims, if they so choose.  We aren’t allowed to even discuss what’s wrong with bestiality on Fetlife, so I’m opening up a platform for it here, as another aspect of abuse in general.  The role that bestiality plays in abuse in general and in BDSM – and why it has everything to do with the former and nothing at all to do with the latter – needs to be aired.

Sadly, there is a segment of the population who actually considers this to be a legitimate kink, and some even consider it a valid sexual orientation.  I am not going to go into all of the horrifying twaddle many of these people posit as justification for these horrifyingly skewed views.  I don’t care what their excuses are – bestiality is nonconsensual by definition, because animals lack the capacity to give consent.

It’s the same thing with children and child sexual abuse.  Both animals and children depend on adults to protect them, and having sex with them is one of the most flagrant violations of trust possible.

The fact that sex with animals cannot possibly be consensual lands it firmly in the camp of being abuse, plain and simple.  Sorry, but in these two areas, your kink is just not OK on any level, end of story.

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November 13 News: Is Bestiality a Crime?…buggery with a mare, a cow, two goats, divers sheep, two calves and a turkey

Lecture addresses nature of bestiality

The word, even if viewable for only a split second, evokes thoughts and sentiments unlike most of the other words in the English language. The topic, some feel so far removed from, while some dedicate countless hours studying. Bestiality is the subject. The word itself has a strongly negative connotation.

Piers Beirne’s speech entitled, “Is Bestiality a Crime?” nearly filled the Lindsay Young Auditorium in Hodges Library on Monday.

Beirne serves as a professor of criminology at the University of Southern Maine in Portland, Maine. Beirne’s speech detailed his journey in criminology to eventually lead to what he does not call bestiality; rather, he calls such implied actions as “animal sexual abuse.”

He explained his eventual landing in this type of criminology was because of the intellectual outgrowth of his work, his everyday interactions with animals and his teaching. He noted two particular works involving animal sexual abuse: “Of Plymouth Plantation” and “Barnyard Love.”

In the first work mentioned, William Bradford, the governor of Plymouth Plantation in 1642, described the conviction of Thomas Granger for “buggery with a mare, a cow, two goats, divers sheep, two calves and a turkey.” The second work is a German film that displays various sexual acts with human males and females, between cows, horses, dogs, hens and eels.

“The large quadrupeds, such as cows, were seemingly indifferent … while the medium-sized animals, such as dogs, seemed to energetically enjoy the attention given by the human females,” Beirne said.

Beirne then confronted four different questions about bestiality: “What is it? How much of it is there? What are its forms? Is it wrong?”

He explained that, although the actual origins and definitions have varied over the years, bestiality’s contemporary definition “denotes sexual relations between humans and animals — being anal, oral or genital.”

He confronted the problems surrounding young, innocent children and the collection of semen from farm animals for profit.

Beirne explained that knowing the amounts of bestiality is hard to determine, because “one of the partners involved can’t report the abuse.”

Furthermore, he said, as animals have been more removed from rural areas and because pets have been introduced into homes, “most forms of animal sexual abuse are at the home with companion animals, probably.”

As he progressed down the road of this specific type of criminal activity, he created a typology for animal sexual abuse. Beirne’s four forms of animal sexual abuse are: zoophilia, adolescent sexual experimentation, aggravated cruelty and commodification.

He notes that zoophilia is “someone whose preferred partner is an animal.” Adolescent sexual experimentation is defined in its own naming.

Aggravated cruelty to animals typically takes place in the form of genital mutilation and other types of cruel behavior.

Lastly, the commodification of animal sexual abuse is where money is made and paid for people to perform sexual act on animals. Beirne cited Tijuana, Mexico, as a place containing various establishments.

Beirne also presented three ways to take care of the sexual animal abuse problems, but he felt that only one of them would work for contemporary times.

He said that “compulsory humane education starting at kindergarten” would be problematic because the curriculum is often “business based” rather than focusing on humane treatment of animals. Changing this would be hard to do in a society that has a strong focus on finances.

Restorative justice would not work because “nobody would represent the animals” and the animals would have a very hard time testifying against human perpetrators.

Lastly, Beirne said criminalization is the only temporary fix right now. Even though the jails are overcrowded, Beirne said this seems to be the best option.

This topic is not something that is easily talked about, but many UT students found the lecture intriguing.

“I thought it was really interesting, very eye opening and something that needs to be talked about more,” Rhiannon Leebrick, a graduate in sociology, said.

quoted in full from – http://utdailybeacon.com/news/2010/nov/11/lecture-addresses-nature-bestiality/