A new report coming out of Switzerland cites the number of cases of people having sex with horses are on the rise. The rate of animal abuse against horses is “relatively elevated compared with other types of animals,” reports Andreas Ruttimann, who is a legal expert with the country’s foundation for animal law.
The Independent on November 28 reports that Switzerland’s foundation for animal law, Tier im Recht, revealed that the country’s reported 1,749 cases of maltreatment of animals is was up from 1,542 over the previous 12 months. “Zoophiles were implicated in almost 10 percent of the equine-related cases.” There were 105 animal cruelty cases against horses reported this year, but many go unreported.
It was Switzerland’s Minuten Newspaper that reported the “experts believe that there are as many as 10,000 people in Switzerland predisposed to zoophilia.” The International Business Times reports, Switzerland is a country that loves their horses. They have a “horse population of about 110,000 spread across 18,000 Swiss farms.” The Swiss Animal Protection Criminal Practice held a press conference back in 2014 and reported on the rise of animal abuse back then.
“It (The animal foundation group) points out that the number of animal abuse cases more than tripled in the past 10 year and was five times larger compared to 15 years ago.” One of the reasons cited as a possibility to this rise in numbers is the lack of a substantial fine when caught and convicted.
A total of 105 animal cruelty cases against horses were reported, which is “up considerably from previous years.” The number of cases against the horses are probably much higher, as many go unreported. Switzerland is not the only country that has seen this crime.
According to the Houston Sun Times, back in June a Texas man broke his leg while attempting to have sex with a horse. Authorities believe that this man, who had been arrested previously for this crime, was kicked by the horse as he attempted to have sex with the animal and his leg was broken.
The Merriam Webster Dictionary gives the medical definition of zoophilia as “An erotic fixation on animals that may result in sexual excitement through real or fancied contact.