Sex with animals? Itís not uncommon
By Alexis Stevens
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Two men, two animals in two different states. And two separate arrests within the last week for having sex with four-legged animals
ďWho would do that?Ē you might ask.
No oneís really counting, but probably more people than you realize, according to an Atlanta psychiatrist.
Last week, Edwin Robles of Jonesboro was arrested by Clayton County police for allegedly having sex with his dog. Bestiality is a felony in Georgia, and Robles could face up to five years in prison if convicted.
On Wednesday, South Carolina police said Rodell Vereen was arrested for the second time for having sex with the same horse. He could face up to five years in prison for the latest buggery charge.
ďItís not as uncommon as one would think,Ē said Tracey Marks, a forensic psychiatrist who practices in Atlanta. ďDogs and farm animals are probably the most common occurrences.Ē
Like most sexually deviant behaviors, ďzoophiliaĒ is more common in men, Marks said. And now more than ever, itís easier for the curious to explore sexual options.
ďJust as people consider marijuana to be a gateway to other things, the Internet has been a gateway for [bestiality] to becoming more ordinary,Ē Marks said.
But having sex with animals isnít just a freakish fetish. Many consider it to be animal abuse.
Laws preventing sex with animals differ from state to state, according to animallaw.info. At least a dozen states donít have laws at all.
ďIt is shocking. It should be illegal in every state,Ē said Stephanie Bell with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. ďItís not a laughing matter. Even in cases where physical harm doesnít occur to the animal, itís still cruel.Ē
Because human sex with animals is not a topic many people are comfortable discussing, sometimes it takes a high-profile case to raise public awareness, Bell said.
In 2005, a Washington state man died after having sex with a horse. The 45-year-old suffered a perforated colon after being penetrated, according to police.
ďIt piqued the attention of the legislators,Ē Bell said.
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