More in-your-face Evil.
On August 1, 2013, a Boise, Idaho man, 28-year-old Ryan Tannenholz, was arrested for having sex with a cat. He is looking at five years in prison, if found guilty of six felony counts of crimes against nature and one misdemeanor count of cruelty to an animal.
That a man had sex with a cat is disgusting enough. But the twist to the story is that the bestialist had sex with the poor cat while dressed as a dog.
Ryan Havens Tannenholz
You see, Tannenholz is a “furry” — the name for a member of a “community” of people who dress as animals.
The Daily Mail reports that according to Flayrah, a site dedicated to furries, Tannenholz had a number of animal alter-egos including a dog, a wolf, a white husky, a fox, and a creature called Bubblegum.
Ryan Tannenholz dressed as his alter ego “Bubblegum Husky”
On Tannenholz’s Bubblegum Husky website, he describes his interest in cats and reveals his own pet cat named Einstein: “Have you ever been on the internet and seen one of those cat videos? Bubblegum Husky sure has and man, I’ll tell you what, they really get me going! Cats are so furry, soft plush and loving. Plus, only Bubblegum Husky can REALLY appreciate how truly great these furry felines truly are.”
Tannenholz’ pet cat Einstein. Why haven’t PETA and the ASPCA intervened to rescue this poor baby?
According to Wikipedia, the “furry fandom” is a male-dominated (80% males) subculture interested in fictional anthropomorphic animal characters with human personalities and characteristics. Furries with craft skills create their own plush toys called plushies, as well as elaborate costumes called fursuits.
Furries communicate mainly on the Internet and in conventions; the first convention was in 1987. A University of California, Davis survey suggested that about 40% of furries had attended at least one furry convention. Furries create anthropomorphic animal characters, known as fursonas, used for role-playing in MUDs (multiplayer real-time virtual world), on internet forums, or on electronic mailing lists. Role-playing also takes place offline, with petting, hugging and “scritching” (light scratching and grooming) common between furries at social gatherings. The term “yiff” refers to sexual material or sexual activity among furries, whether in the form of cybersex or offline.
In their 2007 survey, Gerbasi et al. categorized furries into different types. The largest group — 38% of those surveyed — described their interest in furry fandom predominately as a “route to socializing with others who share common interests such as anthropomorphic art and costumes.” Then there are furries who see themselves as “other than human”, and/or who desire to become more like the furry species with which they identify.
According to four different surveys, 14–25% of furries say they’re homosexual, 37–52% bisexual, 28–51% heterosexual, and 3–8% other forms of “alternative sexual relationships,” whatever that means.
In a survey conducted by David J. Rust in 1997-1998, about 2% of furries stated an interest in zoophilia — the new PC term for bestiality; less than 1% an interest in plushophilia. But another survey in 2008 found larger percentages: 17% of furry respondents reported an interest in bestiality. The survey said that the much smaller percentages of the older 1997 survey were due to respondents being susceptible to “social desirability bias” — which is simply social science jargon for lying.
In other words and not surprisingly, as many as 2 out of every 10 furries expressed an interest in bestiality.
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