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The Bestiality Proscription: In Search of a Rationale

Antonio M. Haynes


December 5, 2012

Animal Law Review, Forthcoming

Addressing a taboo rarely discussed in scholarly works, this Article analyzes frequently advanced arguments supporting prohibitions on bestiality. Though on a superficial level the arguments seem appealing, upon closer inspection the standard justifications break down under internal inconsistencies. A differently constructed theory may not only provide a rationalized, consistent basis for regulating bestiality, but also lend greater coherence to laws regulating sexuality in general. Part II of this Article explores arguments related to consent; Part III discusses bestiality impermissibly using animals as a means; Part IV examines public health arguments, largely relating to those diseases that can spread easily from humans to animals and vice versa; Part V explores arguments analogizing zoophilia to either pedophilia or homosexuality; and Part VI offers a new rationale for justifying prohibitions on bestiality.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 29

Keywords: bestiality, zoophilia, animal rights, animal welfare, sexuality, sexual orientation, beastiality

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Date posted: December 10, 2012 ; Last revised: February 18, 2015

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Haynes, Antonio M., The Bestiality Proscription: In Search of a Rationale (December 5, 2012). Animal Law Review, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2185469 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2185469

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