Well, it didn't take long for this story to get censored by the advertisers. With the new super-computers, bi"G" brother can scan a page for keywords and just withhold the ads for that particular story. But this was record time for me at viewzone. It took under five minutes from a completely fresh upload to the server until the ads disappeared. Wow.
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by Gary Vey for viewzone
It was a joke, of course, and it circulated all over the web... but the irony was that on that same day the real news carried a report that Denmark had just decided to outlaw bestiality. The story was picked up by many main stream news outlets. Editors couldn't resist their clever introductions and headlines like, "There's good news for the cats, pigs and horses of Denmark!" [*]
At first I thought this was good news. Someone had finally figured out that it was not a good idea to be doing this because it was unnatural and degrading to human dignity... at least that is my own opinion. But as I read the comments made by Denmark's Food and Agriculture minister, Dan Jorgensen, I was somewhat taken by surprise.
Instead of using the law to challenge and change an in-human human activity, for the sake of preserving general morality in this world that we must all share, the basis for the ban on Denmark's bestiality was... are you ready?... because the animal was not able to give its consent.
It is a sad commentary on modern culture when we care more to legislate morality to protect animals than we do to preserve and protect human dignity.
"And under all circumstances, any doubts about it should go to the animals' benefit. They naturally cannot say no to going along with it. Therefore, it should be banned."
Oh well... I was curious how popular this sort of thing is in the world. Apparently Denmark is one of the hot spots that attracts "zoophiles", as they are called. Many people from around the globe currently frequent Denmark to become intimate with animals much the same as Asian countries used to be a magnet for pedophiles.
This activity is illegal in almost all civilized nations. The laws often specifically describe sexual activity but more often this kind of behavior is prosecuted under existing animal cruelty laws.
Morally, bestiality, as practiced by zoophiles, is denounced by most religions. The emphasis is usually on the the damage that such behavior does to the human civilization.
Arguments against zoophilia
An argument from human dignity is given by Wesley J. Smith, a senior fellow and Intelligent Design proponent at the Center for Science and Culture of the conservative Christian Discovery Institute:
"... such behavior is profoundly degrading and utterly subversive to the crucial understanding that human beings are unique, special, and of the highest moral worth in the known universe -- a concept known as 'human exceptionalism' ... one of the reasons bestiality is condemned through law is that such degrading conduct unacceptably subverts standards of basic human dignity and is an affront to humankind's inestimable importance and intrinsic moral worth." [*]
Arguments for zoophilia
Defenders of zoophilia argue that "consent" is irrelevant because many legal human practices (such as semen collection, artificial insemination, hunting, laboratory testing, and slaughtering animals for meat) do not involve the consent of the animal.
Brian Cutteridge states the following regarding this argument:
"Animal sexual autonomy is regularly violated for human financial gain through procedures such as [artificial insemination and slaughter]. Such procedures are probably more disturbing physically and psychologically than acts of zoophilia would be, yet the issue of consent on the part of the animal is never raised in the discussion of such procedures.
OK. So some people are weird. Humans do lots of things that are seemingly below our alleged "dignity" such as wars and cruelty to each other... and let's not forget the undignified human activity of racism and discrimination... Psychologists have no idea why a person becomes a zoophile but it seems, like homosexuality and maybe even pedophilia that it is a condition the some people are born with and is NOT a choice... at least not entirely.
When does loving an animal go too far?
I guess, if someone asked, I'd say I "love" my little dog, Mokie. He's always a joy to be with and adds so much to my life. He's often my best friend. I feel that Mokie loves me unconditionally. Two minutes after scolding him for something he returns to me with his tail wagging, eager to play and forget everything.
Many people have strong feelings for their pets. In fact, Americans spend 58.51-billion (that's $ 58,510,000,000) dollars on taking care of their loved anmials every year. But it is quite rare, for most people, to be unable to discriminate between the kind of love we have for our little housemate and that of a lover.
But, apparently, this line is crossed more often than you might think. Here are some actual stories that I gathered on line:
Wife divorces husband over infidelity with canine
Dated January 2005 Phnom Penh - A newlywed Cambodian husband caught by his wife in bed with the family dog angered her even more by proclaiming his love for the dog and asking for a divorce.
Police said the 24-year-old husband was found by his shocked 20-year-old wife in a passionate embrace with the dog, a two-year-old mongrel bitch.
The wife became even more upset when the man confessed he loved the dog more than her, district police chief Tuon Dorn told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa from Kampot province, about 140km southeast of the capital.
"When we arrived, the husband told us, yes, of course he did it. But as police, we could only solve the problem of his wife then wanting a divorce. We cannot solve the problem of his relationship with his dog, because under Cambodian law it is not strictly illegal," Tuon Dorn said.
"It is amazing, but this husband is not crazy. It seems he is a passionate human being who looked at a dog, and the more he looked, the more passionate he became."
In Buddhist Cambodia, dogs are regarded as one of the lowest animals, leading police to withhold the names and exact location of the village to protect those involved.
Police said the man had since left his wife and moved back home with his mother. The whereabouts of the dog was unknown.
Sudanese man forced to marry a goat
Dated February 2006 Sudan, Africa -- A Sudanese man has been forced to take a goat as his "wife", after he was caught having sex with the animal. The goat's owner, Mr Alifi, said he surprised the man with his goat and took him to a council of elders.
They ordered the man, Mr Tombe, to pay a dowry of 15,000 Sudanese dinars ($50) to Mr Alifi.
"We have given him the goat, and as far as we know they are still together," Mr Alifi said.
Mr Alifi, of Hai Malakal in Upper Nile State, told the Juba Post newspaper that he heard a loud noise around midnight on 13 February and immediately rushed outside to find Mr Tombe with his goat.
"When I asked him: 'What are you doing there?', he fell off the back of the goat, so I captured and tied him up."
Mr Alifi then called elders to decide how to deal with the case. "They said I should not take him to the police, but rather let him pay a dowry for my goat because he used it as his wife," Mr Alifi told the newspaper.
Man forced to marry a cow, faints at wedding
Dated June 2010 Bali -- A teenager collapsed during his marriage to a cow he had earlier been caught having sex with after claiming it had flirted with him.
A cow: Ngurah Alit's 'bride' was drowned after the ceremony...
Unemployed Ngurah Alit, 18, was seen in a Bali paddy field standing naked behind the animal. He claimed he believed the cow was a young and beautiful woman, and it had seduced him with flattering compliments. He was then forced to marry the cow to cleanse the coastal village of Yeh Embang of the bestiality.
But during the ritual Alit passed out as locals and police -- drafted in to keep journalists at bay -- looked on and his mother began screaming, according to Detik.com.
One villager said: 'Poor kid. He's actually a quiet kid.'
Alit quickly then became a widower when his new bride was drowned in the sea as part of the Pecaruan ritual. Alit was only symbolically drowned and bathed on the beach. Chief Ida Bagus Legawa declared that the village had then been 'cleansed' from the 'defilement from the incident.'
The famous Enumclaw horse incident
The Enumclaw horse case was a 2005 incident in which Kenneth Pinyan, an American Boeing engineer residing in Gig Harbor, Washington, died from injuries received during anal sex with a stallion at a farm in an unincorporated area in King County, Washington, near the city of Enumclaw.
During a July 2005 sex act, videotaped by a friend, he suffered a perforated colon from receptive anal intercourse from a stallion and later died of his injuries. The story was reported in The Seattle Times and was one of that paper's most read stories of 2005. It was informally referred to as the "Enumclaw horse sex case". Video footage of Pinyan and a horse was later disseminated through the Internet.
Pinyan's death rapidly prompted the passing of a bill in Washington prohibiting both sex with animals and the videotaping of the same. Under current Washington law, bestiality is now a Class C felony punishable by up to five years in prison.
A documentary of the life and death of Pinyan, and the life led by those who came to the farm near Enumclaw, debuted at the Sundance Film Festival 2007 under the title Zoo. It was one of 16 winners out of 856 candidates for the festival,[image from film at right] and played at numerous regional festivals in the United States thereafter. Following Sundance, it was also selected as one of the top five American films to be presented at the prestigious Directors Fortnight sidebar at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.
Probation for (dead) Bambi molester
Dated March 2007 Wisconcin -- The 20-year-old Wisconsin man last year charged with having sex with a dead deer has been sentenced to probation and evaluation as a sex offender, Yahoo! reports.
Bryan James Hathaway was cuffed on a "a misdemeanour charge of sexual gratification with an animal". The court case raised some interesting legal issues, since according to the defence, the relevant "crimes against sexual morality" statute prohibits sex with animals, but fails to mention carcasses.
Hathaway's attorney Fredric Anderson filed a motion which argued "because the deer was dead, it was not considered an animal and the charge should be dismissed". He insisted: "The statute does not prohibit one from having sex with a carcass."
This audacious interpretation of the law clearly cut little ice with the courts, because Hathaway earlier this month pleaded no contest to a charge of "misdemeanour mistreatment of an animal". Judge Michael Lucci sentenced him to six months' probabation and ordered him to be "evaluated as a sex offender and treated at the Institute for Psychological and Sexual Health in Duluth, Minnesota".
The judge admitted: "The type of behaviour is disturbing. It's disturbing to the public. It's disturbing to the court."
Hathaway had previously been convicted of a related offence in April 2005, when he pleaded "no contest to one felony charge of mistreatment of an animal for the shooting death of Bambrick, a 26-year-old horse, to have sex with the animal".
Although he received just probation for his latest escapade, local animals can sleep sound in their beds since he attracted a nine-month jail sentence back in February for violating the extended supervision order slapped on him for his equicide outrage.
Orissa woman marries a snake
Dated June 2006 India -- BHUBANESWAR: A woman, who claimed to have fallen in love with a snake got married to the reptile as per Hindu rituals at Atala village of Orissa's Khurda district, 14 km from here.
The unusual marriage took place on Wednesday with over 2,000 people taking out a procession to celebrate the event.
Attired in a silk saree, 30 year-old Bimbala Das was seen sitting for around one hour as priests chanted mantras to complete the ritual.
The snake which lived in an ant hill near her home, however, was not around and a brass replica of a serpent was kept by the side of the woman instead.
Bimbala said: "Though snakes cannot speak nor understand, we communicate in a peculiar way. Whenever I put milk near the ant hill where the Cobra lives, it (the snake) always comes out to drink."
"I always get to see it every time I go near the ant hill. It has never harmed me," she claimed.
When Bimbala disclosed her idea of marrying a snake, villagers reportedly appreciated it saying the marriage will bring good fortune to the area. They also came forward to offer a grand feast for those who came to attend the marriage.
Woman marries a dolphin
Dated January 2006 Israel -- Sharon Tendler met Cindy 15 years ago. She said it was love at first sight. This week she finally took the plunge and proposed. The lucky "guy" plunged right back.
In a modest ceremony at Dolphin Reef in the southern Israeli port of Eilat, Tendler, a 41-year-old British citizen, apparently became the world's first person to "marry" a dolphin. Dressed in a white dress, a veil and pink flowers in her hair, Tendler got down on one knee on the dock and gave Cindy a kiss. And a piece of herring.
"It's not a perverted thing. I do love this dolphin. He's the love of my life," she said Saturday, upon her return to London.
Tendler, who said she imports clothes and promotes rock bands in England, has visited Israel several times a year since first meeting the dolphin.
When asked in the past if she had a boyfriend, she would always reply, "No. I'm going to end up with Cindy." On Wednesday, she made it official, sort of. While she acknowledged the "wedding" had no legal bearing she did say it reflected her deep feelings toward the bottlenosed, 35-year-old object of her affection.
"It's not a bad thing. It just something that we did because I love him, but not in the way that you love a man. It's just a pure love that I have for this animal," she said.
While she still kept open the option of "marrying human" at some stage, she said for now she was strictly a "one-dolphin woman".
She's hardly the jealous type, though.
"He will still play with all the other girls there," she said, of their prenuptial agreement. "I hope he has a lot of baby dolphins with the other dolphins. The more dolphins the better."
German man married his dying cat
Dated May 2010 Germany -- A German man has unofficially married his cat after the animal fell ill and vets told him it might not live much longer, Bild newspaper reports. It says Uwe Mitzscherlich, 39, paid an actress 300 euros ($395) to officiate at the ceremony, as marrying an animal is illegal in Germany.
Mr Mitzscherlich said he had wanted to tie the knot before his asthmatic cat Cecilia died. The cat and groom have lived together for 10 years.
"Cecilia is such a trusting creature. We cuddle all the time and she has always slept in my bed," Mr Mitzscherlich, a postman from the eastern town of Possendorf, told Bild.
Actress Christin-Maria Lohri, who officiated the ceremony, was quoted as saying: "At first I thought it was a joke. But for Mr Mitzscherlich it's a dream come true".
What to make of this?
While writing this story I was ready to condemn besitality as a depraved evil. But someone sent me a link to a youtube post where the current bad men in the world, ISIS, beheaded a man for some reason or another. As is always the case with youtube, similar videos were suggested to me and, out of morbid curiosity, I watched a couple. Ouch! That was a mistake... there are now some images etched in my mind that I wish were never there.
I think we can forget about joining the Galactic Federation for quite some time. This decapitation thing is way over the line and it makes having intimate relations with an animal just a side-order on the menu of things that we need to change on this planet. Until we decide to stop killing each other, then stop killing and eating animals, then perhaps we can legislate against bestiality with some real, unambiguous moral authority.
What's your opinion? (see below)
Comments so far:
This article hitched you up several notches in my esteem, Gary (or Dan, as it were.) I've not exploited animals for food since I Awoke in 1968 and realized what I was doing. The world was not veggie-friendly right then. The famous "4-foods group" allowed for only one or two vegetables in the plate. I was quite alone for a long time. However, I was ecstatic to see the world begin to change by and by. I still don't personally know hundreds (or even tens) of vegetarians, but the vibes about their existence are sufficient to bolster my case that animals ought not be exploited as food, not just on humanitarian grounds, but because it is not at all necessary. Vegetables are all humans need for nutrition and is of a much higher nutritional order than animal flesh, anyway.
At this time in my life there is no way I could or would knowingly eat a chunk of animal flesh. It's too horrid to imagine. If faced with the choice, I'd be forced to starve to death. Staying alive is not everything, after all, especially if it must be done at any and all costs. For instance, I would not murder my little dog, Gigi, just to stay alive, if faced with that choice. Yes, staying alive is not everything, but staying alive with honor and respect for oneself is everything.
You mentioned the idea of a Galactic Federation and I thought, hey wait a minute! The so-called 'moral' aliens have mated with human women according to Genesis. And what about these exams with anal probes and inserting embryos. I don't think the Federation is so moral... sorry. Don't use my name.