by Peter Grady –
Tucked away in the current defense authorization bill is a provision that legalizes soldiers being able to have sex with animals.
When Congress passed the law repealing the centuries old ban on homosexuals serving in the military, it meant in order to be fully implemented, the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which governs all military personnel needed to be repealed as well.
Article 125 of the UCMJ criminalized sodomy as well as bestiality. In the current defense bill, rather than just change the article to remove sodomy, Congress decided to eliminate all of Article 125, thus legalizing both homosexual behavior and bestiality.
When the information was made public, the White House attempted to downplay the significance of bestiality now being legal in the armed forces.
“The Family Research Council and CNS News both reported a 93-to-7 U.S. Senate vote to approve a defense authorization bill that, ‘includes a provision which not only repeals the military law on sodomy, but also repeals the military ban on sex with animals, or bestiality.’ Does the Commander in Chief approve or disapprove of bestiality in our armed forces?”
What was interesting, was that rather than come out and say Obama does not approve of bestiality, Carney replied, “I don’t have any comment on – I don’t have any comment on that. Let me go to another question.”
Kinsolving also asked if Obama felt the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) or the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) would be concerned about the repeal, Carney simply said, “Let’s get to something more serious.”
While the White House may think permitting bestiality is nothing to be concerned about, people from both sides of the political spectrum have taken issue with the repeal.
Republican presidential candidate, Michele Bachmann, issued a statement condemning the repeal saying it was, “absolutely abhorrent, reprehensible…Now we’ve embraced barbarism.”
While it would be easy to simply dismiss Bachmann’s concerns as that of a “right-wing conservative,” PETA, a group not known for supporting conservative issues, also took issue with the White House.
The organization sent a letter to the White House saying, “This is no laughing matter.”
The letter sent by Colleen O’Brien, PETA’s communications director said, “In watching last night’s news briefing, we were upset to note that you flippantly addressed the recently approved repeal of the military ban on bestiality. With respect, this is no laughing matter. Our office has been flooded with calls from Americans who are upset that this ban has been repealed – and for good reason.”
O’Brien continued, “As we outlined in the attached letter sent yesterday to the secretary of defense, animal abuse does not affect animals only – it is also a matter of public safety, as people who abuse animals very often go on to abuse human beings.”
Elaine Donnelly, with the Center for Military Readiness,said the repeal on bestiality is a direct result of Congress’ repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell last year. “When Congress voted for that repeal, they were saying homosexual sex is fine in the military. Now 12 months later we are seeing the consequence of that vote.”
Republican candidate, Ron Paul, voted twice to repeal the ban on homosexuals serving, which led to this situation where bestiality has also now been legalized.