Florida: Sex and Cheeseburgers

13 May

First of all, no.  Florida has not outlawed sex despite what you may have heard.  What actually happened: our dear Floridian’s passed a law that forbids “sex with animals”.  Oooh yes, my snarky readers, you are probably sniggering into your tea, thinking “How stupid of them! Humans are animals too!” Welp, I hate to break it to you, but a blogger at Southern Fried Science beat you to it.  And honestly, I would keep that tidbit to snarky tidbit to yourself unless you want the lovely Violet Blue giving you a dishonorable mention on her blog.

And V.B. has a point.  Sure, it’s funny that laws about bestiality are so flimsily worded and headlines like “FL just outlawed sex” certainly grab your attention.  But when you strip it all down to the fundamentals, we’re pretty much all missing the point.  Bestiality isn’t particularly funny and I think most of us can agree in finding the trauma and injuries inflicted on animals being used for sexual gratification upsetting.  We’re adults.  We don’t need to be torturing animals.  We know better, right?

Well, maybe not.  Think for a moment about the ordeal that animals intended for slaughter go through.  Is that any less disturbing to you? (If it’s not, you may want to do a little light reading about the unethical farming that going on.)  Maybe it’s easier to say boo to sex than it is to torture.

I in no way wish to condone bestiality.  Rather, I’d like to encourage thinking about animal rights in a different light.  Bestiality sucks, but so does letting our future hamburgers stew in their own filth and live in conditions we would never allow our prized dogs live in.  I’m not a vegetarian (before you ask) but I do purchase ethically treated animal products whenever I can.

Anywho, I don’t really like to rant on this blog.  I just thought it was worth mentioning.  If you want a much more academic take on all of this, you should definitely go to tinynibbles.com.  On a kind of funny note, Germany just called Denmark a big animal whorehouse.

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