Is Sex A Human Right? Then What About Dogs?

A recent debate in the media about the ‘Right to sex’ for elderly patients has given me something to think about. Here is an exert from the news article:

‘Care facilities often deny elderly people the basic right, and one of their few remaining pleasures, to continue having sex, according to a paper published today.

Many older people, including those with early stage dementia, enjoy sex while they live at home, but this changes once they move into residential care, said the authors of a paper in the Journal of Medical Ethics.

They blame a lack of privacy, age discrimination and fears about the legal implications should a patient be found mentally incompetent to give consent.’

Nursing homes aside, I feel vaguely uncomfortable with the idea of Sex being relegated to a ‘human right’ status.

And if sex is ‘human right’, then what about pets’ rights? Veterinarians routinely advocate desexing as a means of reducing the animal’s aggressive drive and preventing reproductive system diseases, not to mention overpopulation. So if Sex is a right, where does it leave the animals and their carers?

Food for thought for all of us.

About Dr Vadim Chelom

Dr Vadim is a house call Veterinarian in Melbourne

One comment

  1. I don’t know about a human right, but if I felt like it when I was old and had a willing participant, I’d probably be pretty annoyed at being prevented. Luckily, as far as we know, dogs don’t seem to be able to consider their potential lives versus their actual lives – ‘I never had puppies!’. Still, it does seem like a bit of a raw deal for pets.

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