Canada’s highest court has just ruled that some sex acts between humans and animals are legal as long as the animal is not penetrated or suffers any form of injury.
The disturbing ruling came by way of a case against a British Columbia man convicted of sexually abusing his stepdaughters. The case involved a man who had been convicted of sexually abusing two of his step daughters, who had also been convicted of bestiality after he attempted to make the dog engage in sexual activities with one of the young girls.
A lower court convicted the man of bestiality after it heard he smeared peanut butter on the girl, who was 15 at the time of the abuse, to entice the dog to lick it off. The lower court ruled the man was guilty of bestiality because he had received sexual gratification from the act.
However, the man, known only as D.L.W. successfully challenged the bestiality decision in the appeals court. The higher court decided that a strict interpretation of the law, which dates from the English 1861 Offences Against the Person act, required penetration for a bestiality conviction.
Animal rights charity Animal Justice then challenged this decision to the Supreme Court, who ruled that when the Canadian parliament updated the criminal law relating to sexual offences it did not change the historically understood meaning of bestiality.
The Supreme Court said Parliament could have updated the interpretation of what constituted bestiality if it wished and claimed it was not the role of the courts to introduce new criminal offences.
According to the ruling: ‘Courts will only conclude that a new crime has been created if the words used to do so are certain and definitive. This approach not only reflects the appropriate respective roles of Parliament and the courts, but the fundamental requirement of the criminal law that people must know what constitutes punishable conduct and what does not, especially when their liberty is at stake.’
Camille Labchuck of Animal Justice urged the Canadian Parliament to change the law in order to protect children and animals.
Speaking after the hearing, she said: ‘The Supreme Court’s decision is a wake up call that laws protecting animals are severely out of date. As of today, Canadian law gives animal abusers license to use animals for their own sexual gratification. This is completely unacceptable, contrary to societal expectations, and cannot be allowed to continue.
The U.S. and Canada are no outliers in having a mixed record when dealing with bestiality. A article from the Daily Mail lamented the troubling new trend of “animal brothels” rising in Germany as many humans are claiming sex with animals is just another “lifestyle choice.”
Animals are not here to gives us sexual pleasure, to entertain us or either to be in our plates. Animals deserve respect like any human being. We are no better than any other species.
Sex is something that happens when the parties involved are all consenting. Rape isn’t sex, it’s an act of violence, and if there’s no consent it’s rape does not matter what animal species I am talking about! Unfortunately animals have no voice and that’s why we must be their voice!
Animal rights activists are warning about the sick ramifications of the ruling and calling for changes.