Canada's highest court has just ruled that some sex acts between
humans and animals are legal.
In a quixotic ruling, the country's high court ruled that a man who
was on trial for raping and sexually exploiting his own daughters
wasn't guilty of "bestiality."
The man reportedly, "smeared peanut butter on the genitals of his
victims and had the family dog lick it off while he videotaped the
The convicted man took his case to the Canadian Supreme Court,
demanding that the bestiality charge be nullified. In the end, the
As a result of the rape case, the court ruled 7 to 1 that humans
having sexual contact with animals is OK if there is no "penetration"
involved in the act.
In its ruling, the court decided that the legislature had not clearly
defined the terms in the country's bestiality laws and the way the
statute is written should be read to only outlaw animal penetration,
whether that penetration is animal to human or vice versa.
"Although bestiality was often subsumed in terms such as sodomy or
buggery, penetration was the essence — 'the defining act' — of the
offense," the court's ruling states.
The high court's lone dissenter, though, said the ruling would mean
open season for the sexual exploitation of animals.