this rentry has good points, but falls flat with its overall message. im making a cohesive counter argument to this and actually explaining why zoophilia, even non-contact, is very very wrong because i dont like just saying "this thing is bad because... ermmm... i said so"
they say "focus your hate on animal abusers and people who are actively hurting animals instead of hating on people who aren't doing anything wrong" which, is a good statement, but they end with "be an ally to non-offending zoos". this, on its own, isnt a bad thing, but alongside the whole "zoos should be left alone because they arent hurting anyone!" message this sends, makes it like. not good.
they make the ABSOLUTELY BAFFLING claim that not acting on an attraction to an animal if youre a zoo is the same as not acting on an attraction to a straight person if youre queer. despite how obviously fucking insane this is, being queer is not a mental disorder and also humans can consent. they even state in the rentry that "Zoophilia is often a disorder, and that disorder often comes from trauma". ignoring the fact that they said its often a disorder when it is actually always a disorder, lets focus on what this disorder actually is and what causes it.
you dont need to read this paragraph, but just as a note - its really hard to find stuff on zoophilia on the internet because it is extremely taboo, and often ignored in discussion and research from what ive seen. pedophilia is much more looked into, mostly because it is a bigger overall concern and... i guess less uncomfortable to research? pedophiles are much more common in society, and therefore everyone is able to go "yeah, pedophilia is gross because children arent psychologically or physically developed enough for a relationship". you dont have to think about it. but zoophilia you have to think harder to form an actual argument because it isnt drilled into your brain that it is wrong, you should just already know that its wrong, but you dont really know why. its like incest. and once you start thinking about it, it makes you feel gross. thats just my idea. so, i looked at a bunch of straws i could find and basically combined the relevant points together as well as some knowledge of disorders i already know in order to make a conclusion.
zoophilic disorder is, obviously, a persistent attraction to animals. this doesnt mean that you will engage in beastiality, it just means the attraction exists. this attraction is always a disorder, because it goes against our genetics and brain chemistry. humans are not coded to just fuck anything just because, we are coded to fuck other mature, humans in order to reproduce. that is also why pedophilia is a disorder, because the need to fuck an immature human goes against our basic coding. this is either caused by trauma, often childhood and often sexual (but not always!), or genetic factors. also animals cant consent for obvious reasons im not googling that lol ive googled enough for this essay today to get put on a watchlist probably.
"thought crime" is not a thing. just because you think about these things does not make it bad, but it is often not just thinking about it, it is almost always harmful to someone. even though very few zoophiles actually harm animals (through intercourse or otherwise), many feel intense guilt for their thoughts, which the rentry even stated. the rentrys solution to this is "well stop saying zoophilia is bad then and they wont feel bad!" which is, like, stupid. zoophilia is rightfully hated by society, so even if everyone on the internet stops commenting on it, they will still feel like shit due to societal norms. if theyre told that these thoughts are ok or normal, thats even worse, because that normalizes it in their brains and heightens the chance of them offending in the future. so, what to do?
obviously therapy. finding community with other zoophiles and proclaiming yourself as a zoophile makes things worse because it, again, normalizes it in their brain, unless said community is to heal and recover from their disorder (which it rarely is).
"well, what if they are not offending nor do they have any thoughts or urges to offend, and their fantasies are giving them no guilt?" my brave strawman asks. well, dear strawman, this is where my opinion might become controversial. at that point, we should just leave them be. if their fantasies are causing no issues whatsoever, then there is no issue as long as they are not proudly proclaiming themselves as a zoophile and encouraging other zoophiles who may actually have urges to offend and heighten their chances of offending. then, we should probably just explain to them why they should stop. otherwise, who cares? again, thought crime is not real. the whole thought crime thing is also why im proship, so please dont comment "but youre proship wouldnt you dont you support zoophiles?" because no, i dont. zoophilia is talking about real animals, not cartoons.
harassment is not okay for innocents. those who proudly proclaim themselves as zoophiles, but are anti-contact, should be scolded and educated, and if they continue to do so then they should rightfully be harassed. as for pro-contact, my stance should be obvious. i hope they rot in jail, in the very least.
tldr : how zoophiles should be handled depends on what "category" they fall in -
non-offenders + feels guilt for their thoughts : tell them to get therapy.
non-offenders + doesnt feel guilt : leave them alone as long as they arent enablers.
offenders : die
dont harass people unless they are offenders or encouraging zoophilia in any way shape or form. thanks for reading!
edit: ive actually changed my mind on some of this, i DO think people should be harassed for encouraging zoophilia and i dont know why i said they should just be scolded. thats all