Letters from the Issue of August 27, 2009

"Zoophiles evidently don't have any consideration for people. Maybe that's why they have to resort to sex with animals."

Animal Yarn

Sickened: "Animal Instincts" (Thomas Francis, August 20), comparing bestiality to homosexuality, is egregious. Shame on this terrible report. Have you lost your ability to be reasonable? Animal abuse is not the same as two consenting adult humans coming together. This article will only give those inclined to animal abuse an excuse. Having sex with an animal is as wrong as pedophila. What's next, New Times, a piece describing how eating shit is good for you? This is all we needed in Miami, an article to give animal abusers another thing to do and not feel bad about. I am sickened by your comparison.

Helen

Miami Shores

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Inconsiderate: I think it's disgraceful these people call themselves "zoos." That term is reserved for places (AKA zoological gardens) where families (including children) can have a nice day out looking at the lions and tigers and bears.

I work for a zoological garden in London, and I'm worried that people might confuse us for zoophiles. I don't want visitors thinking I'm in the coyote enclosure playing with their genitals when I'm actually repairing the electric fence.

Zoophiles evidently don't have any consideration for people. Maybe that's why they have to resort to sex with animals.

Luke Anders

Via Web Commentary

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Ungodly: It is very difficult to imagine a human being having sex with animals and thinking it is perfectly normal. Let's go beyond the argument of legality. It is definitely immoral from a biblical standpoint. I am almost always of the opinion that people can do as they wish in their own private lives, but this is truly disgusting.

Berny

Hollywood

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Godly: Let's see what the Bible says. Leviticus 20:15, 16 reads, "If a man mates with an animal, he shall surely be put to death and you shall kill the animal. If a woman approaches any animal and mates with it, you shall kill the woman and the animal. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood is upon them."

I guess Jehovah isn't a member of PETA, huh?

Malcolm Brenner

Punta Gorda

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Hypocritical: Oh, you just have to love the Florida GOP with its recent legislation. It's quite legal in our state for some dude to pork Lassie, but folks of the same sex wanting to get married? No way. That's immoral to them 'Publicans.

This whole issue is really creepy to us folks who love their dogs. You know, that wholesome love. Which, in my estimation, doesn't include blowing My Dog Skip.

Chaz Stevens

Via Web Commentary

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Complimentary: Thank you for this insightful and unbiased article. It's by far the most in-depth report I've read on the subject. A family member came out to me as a zoophile some years ago and I've struggled (and mostly failed) to accept it — but your analysis has given me food for thought. I've long been interested in animal intelligence, and I wonder now if some animals — such as the dolphin Malcolm Brenner mentioned — should have separate legal consideration. Especially in an instance where the human, not the animal, is the one in the vulnerable position.

Betty

Via Web Commentary

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Stand on your own legs: Why in hell would Cody Beck think gay rights activists would or should stand up for him and help his cause? What's the connection? As a lifelong openly gay man and an ex-gay rights activist, I don't understand why this person thinks the gay community should stand up for zoophiles. During the Reagan years, we as a community asked for nothing — we demanded rights, and when there was little or no response, we went to jail for protesting. Maybe Mr. Beck has forgotten "We're here! We're queer! Get used to it!" If he feels so strongly about his desires (which I don't even want to envision), he should go for it. But he should stand up for himself, not look to others to bandwagon his cause.

Dave

South Beach

 
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