pISSN:1309 - 6958       eISSN:2146 - 1953
2016, Cilt 32, Sayı 2, Sayfa(lar) 114-119
Zoophilia: An evaluation from perspective the holy religions, legislation and ethics
Ali Yiğit1, Aşkın Yaşar2
1Kafkas Üniversitesi, Veteriner Fakültesi, Veteriner Hekimliği Tarihi ve Deontoloji AD, Kars, Türkiye
2Selçuk Üniversitesi, Veteriner Fakültesi, Veteriner Hekimliği Tarihi ve Deontoloji AD, Konya, Türkiye
Keywords: Animal protection, Legislation, Holy Religion, Zoophilia
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Aim: Zoophilia that known at 3000 BC in the history of mankind, found in different formats of communities for their beliefs and laws. In this study aimed to evaluate the status of zoophilia with the approaches of the holy religions and within the framework of animal protection legislation and animal ethics.

Materials and Methods: The materials of this study are books of holy religions (the Torah, the Psalms, the Bible and the Quran) and interviews with the four different reverends of holy religions, historical studies on the issue and the current legal regulations. Holy books scanned and the available information was confirmed through interviews with the reverends. The existing legal texts on animal protection and the studies on subject were scanned and evaluated in terms of animal ethics.

Results: Different degrees of zoophilic approaches were stated in considered holy religions and sects of the same religion guiding. Also its stated that there were differences in legislation between countries, such as in Brazil, Finland, Japan, and Hungary are considered legal as long as does not include the animal ill-treat; in France, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, and Turkey were absolutely prohibited.

Conclusions: It can be said that zoophilia considered as an abnormal condition from moral, psychological, ethical and legal aspects, is can be seen in today (for the farm and pet animals) and this situation should be considered a sexual abuse because of the passive object of animals.