Brian Cutteridge, 38, has made his thoughts on bestiality well known. He's a fan of it, to say the least. And now he's set to go on trial in Canada for practicing it.
The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says it obtained video of Cutteridge engaging in sex acts with his dog. That video has now led to charges.
"The B.C. SPCA first started investigating this case back in 2010 when we received some information that this individual was sexually interacting with his dogs, which is illegal in Canada," SPCA spokesperson Marcie Moriarty told CBC News.
Cutteridge has been an outspoken advocate of the practice. For example, he once wrote a paper called, "For the Love of Dog: On the Legal Prohibition of Zoophilia in Canada and the United States."
"Laws proscribing zoophilia are unjust inasmuch as this consideration of why is given paramount legal weight," he writes. "They seek to punish those who engage in sexual contact with animals for their own sexual gratification, ignoring the fact that animals are regularly subjected to sexual interference for commercial purposes through such procedures as manual and electronic semen collection and artificial insemination (AI)."
He also argues that such acts are part of a longstanding history, and that prohibiting them violates basic human rights.
"He feels very strongly that that should be something that's legal," Moriarty said. "He feels those relationship with his dogs are equivalent to a marriage-type relationship and that's not the case in Canada, thank goodness, and it can impact the welfare of the animals."