It Took Germany Until 2012 To Realize That Zoophilia Maybe Shouldn’t Be Legal

 

1969 was a time of sexual freedom across the western world. It was the year of Woodstock and free love. The pill had recently come out and AIDS had yet to rear it’s ugly head. It was also the year that Germany decided to legalize Zoophilia.

Zoophilia is a paraphilia characterized by the engaging of sexual intercourse with animals. It almost exclusively involves domesticated animals like dogs and farm animals and though it is not a common paraphilia there most certainly is a cohort of people with this paraphilia. Many who engage in this kind of sex make claims that the animals are equal participants who are enjoying themselves and even consenting. Those who are against it state that domesticated animals are by definition under our control and therefore, even if they could consent verbally, are incapable of consenting to sex with their human owners.

Germany has a thriving animal sex trade consisting of “erotic petting zoos,” in wich paying customers can have sex with an array of animals in bestiary brothels and it is perfectly legal. As of December 14th, however, if a new law passes, it will no longer be legal and will be punishable by a steep fine of €250,000.

Zoophilia is a controversial topic amongst some and very black and white for others. Most people see zoophilia in a similar way to incest and child molestation. The lopsided power dynamics and the general ‘ich’ factor makes it a fairly unpopular paraphilia for most. It is believed that there are roughly 100,000 active zoophiles in Germany and they are likely to push hard against this movement. They truly love their animals and for many of them it is a sexual orientation, opting not to engage in human-human relationships, perfectly happy in their human-animal relationships.

I don’t really know what the answer is but as with most questions about sexual partnerships, if consent can’t be reliably attained from all parties then what is occurring is not sex but sexual assault. If a party can not consent to sex with a human then the human should not be legally allowed to have sex with that party. I’m pretty sure that’s how that works, and so are most governments it would seem.

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