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November 2023

Crush Videos: sexualized animal torture on trial

In just a few weeks, an Australian man will be sentenced for unimaginable, extreme acts of animal torture and sexual abuse involving nearly 50 dogs. The case is complex and multiple arrests worldwide (including one arrest in Ohio) have occurred as a result of the man's actions. For most people, it is hard to imagine anyone wanting to deliberately inflict harm on an animal, let alone deriving sexual gratification from such abuse. But it happens somewhere, to some animal, nearly every day.

Animal Pornography on trial

Sexualy explicit material (e.g. "child porn") is generally prohibited under U.S. state and federal laws. Only recently have depictions of sexually explicit material involving animals (ASEM) come under scrutiny by U.S. courts. One such case is making its way through Texas courts now. In January, Tavian Garza, 31 was indicted by the Lubbock grand jury for possession and distribution of child pornography. After a search warrant was executed, sexually charged chats between Garza and a child in Kentucky were found, along with additional images of child pornography - some of which involved bestiality.

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For more information on animal sexual abuse, including cases or published studies mentioned, please contact me.

Laws under review

In the United States and in most foreign countries, the sexual abuse of animals is legally prohibited. From time to time, these laws are reviewed, repealed, or rewritten - sometimes with unintended consequences. In 2003, for example, a landmark case (Lawrence v. Texas) overturned "sodomy laws" which criminalized sexual contact between same-gender persons. Because many of the laws that prohibited animal sexual abuse were part of the sodomy laws, repealing the law altogether meant that sexual abuse of animals was no longer prohibited. This has since been rectified, and today all U.S. states and territories - with the exception of West Virginia - have laws prohibiting bestiality.

India is currently undergoing the same dilemma in its attempts to restructure Sec. 377 of the criminal code with regard to sodomy.

New Research  

In a recent article published in The Humanistic Psychologist, the authors studied public perceptions of animal abuse cases being brought before the courts. Potential jurors were surveyed for their attitudes on human and animal abuse, and although either type of case incited moral outrage, the reason for their outrage differed. In human abuse cases, participants were outraged by the immorality of the abuse; in animal cases, they were outraged by the suffering of the animal victims. Go here for a copy of the study.