Note, this is the consequences for the humans involved. The consequences for animals will be covered when I look at arguments against bestiality.
Bestiality has often been met with severe penalties which “both reflect and seek to impose particular conceptions of humanity and animality” (Rebecca Cassidy).
In many parts of the world, bestiality is illegal and has historically resulted in execution for both human and animal. Whilst you may not get the death penalty today, jail time is still a very real consequence for people found to be engaging in bestiality. For those who love their animals, the risk of the animal being put down is very real and painful.
But it’s not just the legal side of things, there is the impact of living in a society which holds this behaviour as taboo. There is the isolation, loneliness, depression and even suicide which can arise as a result of feeling attraction to animals or because it’s become publicly known.
Being “outed” can lead to the loss of friends, family, jobs as well as being ostracised by your community. All of this clearly has a massive impact on your quality of life and ability to lead a “normal” life.
Being exposed seems to be a very real concern, and obviously ensuring law enforcement doesn’t find out would be important. The online forum had a very detailed thread about protecting yourself. There was advice about how to cover your tracks on the internet, how to protect yourself in the act – watch out for cameras, close the curtains, lock the door. Never engage in sex on someone else’s property or with someone else’s animal. With all of this, it was stressed that zoosex is not an easy way out of engaging in human society, it’s a much harder way to live.
Other risks include risks to the health of the human; allergies to non-human sperm which can even lead to anaphylaxis, diseases passed from animal to human, the physical dangers involved in kicking hooves and so on.
According to the Journal of Biological and Medical Sciences, the three most dangerous diseases passed through sexual contact with animals are:
- Leptospirosis: Any contact with the sexual organs of dogs, cattle, pigs, horses and sheep can transmit this bacterial disease to humans. Leptospirosis can cause Meningitis which leads to death in about 10% of the cases.
- Echinococcosis: Parasitic worms from the feaces of dogs, cats, and sheep can cause this disease. The worms cause cysts in lungs, liver, brain, spleen, heart, and kidneys. If not treated, this disease can be fatal.
- Rabies: One of the most severe of zoonoses, rabies is transmitted from the saliva of cats, dogs and horses. This is a viral infection which affects the central nervous system and is almost always fatal if not treated soon after the exposure.
Further there are risks for urological diseases, penile cancer and venereal diseases. Physical injuries can arise as a result of sex organs that are just not designed to go together. In 2005, Kenneth Pinyan actually died as a result of injuries received during sex with a horse.
This really does beg the question, why? Why do people have sex with animals when there are such real and awful consequences? I can only that in at least some cases, it must be a powerful drive and attraction. There will of course be some people who enjoy domination and who relish inflicting cruelty but this isn’t the only driver.
The next post I think will be looking at the case against sex with animals.