An animal advocacy organization is decrying a Supreme Court of Canada decision relating to a case of bestiality in British Columbia.
Canada’s highest court has dismissed an appeal launched by Crown, after a B.C. man originally convicted of sexually assaulting his step daughters with the family dog, was acquitted of a bestiality charge.
The man , only known as D.L.W, argued he didn’t commit the offence because it didn’t involve intercourse.
The Supreme Court of Canada agrees, stating penetration is an essential element of bestiality.
Camille Labchuk with Animal Justice Canada, an intervenor in the case, says today’s decision essentially legalizes forms of sexual abuse of animals across the country.
“So as of today, Canadian law now gives animal abusers a right to use animals for their own sexual gratification.”
The highest court says any expansion of criminal liability for the offence would have to come from Parliament.