An extraordinarily contentious journal article has argued that having sex with your dog is ‘morally permissible’.
The opinion was posed in the aptly-named Journal of Controversial Ideas.
The author – who chose to stay anonymous – acknowledged that their opinion on zoophilia would trigger ‘sheer outrage’.
Sharing their thoughts, they wrote: ‘There is in fact nothing wrong with having sex with animals: it is not an inherently problematic sexual practice.’
Liam Brown, 25, (pictured) pleaded guilty to sexual penetration with a living animal and causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal
Zoophilia should be considered an ‘orientation’, in the same way as heterosexuality and bisexuality, the article controversially argued.
And the piece questioned why it is any different to ‘affectionately caressing’ one’s pet.
Under current UK laws, having sex with an animal is illegal and punishable by up to two years in jail. Watching or possessing humans having intercourse with animals is also against the law.
Writing in the journal, the author pointed to one study that suggested scores of men have expressed ‘sexual interest in penetrating an animal’.
Their comment piece said: ‘The appeal of zoophilia is also reflected in the wealth of zoopornography that can be found on the Internet.
‘Zoophilia, it turns out, is more common than we might think.’
Two made-up examples involving humans were shared in the piece in an attempt to justify the author’s opinion.
One involved ‘Alice’ being in a ‘romantic relationship with her dog’, explaining their relationship goes much further but both find it ‘gratifying’.
The author said her story ‘illustrates a continuity between zoophilia and affectionate relationships that ordinary people have with their pets’.
Expanding on their thought pattern, they added: ‘What is it that makes affectionately caressing one’s cat of a different ethical standing than sexually caressing one’s cat?
‘If there is no clear-cut boundary between the ordinary love that pet keepers express and the romantic love some zoophiles express, why accept one and not the other?’
Another example referenced Bob, who ‘loves his dog’ and lets him lick honey off him intimately.
Writing under the pseudonym Fira Bensto, the author said not all forms of zoophilia are morally permissible.
This, they claimed, applies in the same way that the ‘permissibility of heterosexuality does not mean that all instances of heterosexuality are permissible’.
It comes months after a 25-year-old man was caught having sex with a cow.
Liam Brown sneaked onto a farm in Burton, near Christchurch, Dorset, in the dead of night to commit the vile act.
But he was detected by the farm’s surveillance system and caught on the premises by farmers who rushed to the scene to apprehend him.