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.The Canadian Supreme Court has ruled animals can be used for sexual gratification as long as they are not penetrated because the government has not updated the definition of bestiality since the 1860s, file photo According to The Canadian Lawyer and Law Times, 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.
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.' Leading animal rights activist Camille Labchuck demanded action by the Canadian Government claiming the current legislation gave a green light to individuals to use animals for their own sexual gratification 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after the hearing, she said: 'The Supreme Court’s decision is a wake up call that laws protecting animals are severely out of date.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and cannot be allowed to continue.'This decision reflects the fact that the Supreme Court was forced to work with our outdated laws.
Although Animal Justice hoped for a different decision, it is encouraging that both the majority and the dissent adopted aspects of our arguments, and recognized that protecting animals is a fundamental societal value.'Canadians care deeply about protecting animals from this type of cruelty and sexual abuse.
People who sexually abuse animals often sexually abuse children as well, as the accused did in this case.
This file contains additional information, such as Exif metadata, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to create or digitize it.If the file has been modified from its original state, some details may not fully reflect the modified file.The timestamp is only as accurate as the clock in the camera, and it may be completely wrong.Earlier this week, Denmark passed a law making bestiality a criminal offence from July 1st in a move to tackle animal-sex tourism.Bestiality (also known as zoophilia) is typically defined as relating to recurrent intense sexual fantasies, urges, and sexual activities with non-human animals.At present, there are still a number of countries where zoophilia is legal including Brazil, Mexico, Thailand, Finland, Hungary, and Romania.