Animal sexual abuse - a reality in Portugal and Spain

Mariana Monteiro Campos Castanheira
2019 Derecho Animal Forum of Animal Law Studies  
Recommended citation. MONTEIRO CAMPOS CASTANHEIRA, M., Animal sexual abuse -a reality in Portugal and Spain, dA. Derecho Animal (Forum of Animal Law Studies) 10/4 (2019) -DOI https://doi.org/10.5565/rev/da.455 Abstract The sexual abuse of animals has persisted prehistoric times and is currently studied in the disciplines of history, medicine, psychiatry, veterinary medicine and law. The Portuguese legislation has no explicit reference to sexual contact with animals and the Spanish legislation
more » ... anish legislation had recently added "sexual exploitation of animals" which could be interpreted as implying the element of profit. The principal aim of this thesis is to prove that cases of animal sexual abuse in Portugal and Spain are not so infrequent as we may believe. We aim to establish the incidence and frequency of cases of sexual abuse detected by veterinarians in Portugal and Spain and to show that people are actively searching for zoophilic content online in these two countries. An online survey was made and directed to Spanish and Portuguese veterinarians. Our results left no doubt about the existence of such abuses in Portugal and Spain (8.2% of veterinarians in our study had encountered or at least suspected of cases of sexual abuse). Moreover, our analyses via Google Trends proved that people are currently looking for zoophilic content online. With that said, we hope to authenticate the urgent need to change legislation to protect the victims of these abuses and to encourage other investigators to focus on this neglected subject.
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