Gay Dog Saved by Facebook. This dog was handed over to the Jackson Rabies Control Animal Shelter in Tennessee yesterday after its owner saw it mounting another male dog and assumed that it was gay.
UPDATE: The shelter confirms that the dog has been adopted.
This guy was signed over to RC, not bc he’s mean or bc he tears things up, but because… His owner says he’s gay! He hunched another male dog so his owner threw him away bc he refuses to have a “gay” dog! Even if that weren’t the most assinine thing I’ve ever heard, its still discrimination! Don’t let this gorgeous dog die bc his owner is ignorant of normal dog behavior! He’s in kennel 10L and he WILL be put down tomorrow bc there is no room at the inn!
More than 4,000 people shared the post overnight. Men and women from across the United States volunteered to adopt the dog or pay for him to be moved to a no-kill shelter.
Rescue group “Saving the Animals Together” posted on Facebook Thursday morning that the dog was safe, although they clarified that the individual who adopted the animal was not associated with their organization:
This is the woman who reportedly rescued the pup:
The making of a homosexual
While some researchers examine what benefits animals may derive from same-sex sexual activities, others are trying to pinpoint straightforward biological causes of the behavior. They find that dosing pregnant animals with certain hormones greatly increases the mothers’ odds of producing homosexual offspring and that among fruit flies, a genetic mutation leads male flies to choose other males (SN: 12/14/96, p. 373).
Animal experiments also reveal that castrating males or giving them drugs to inhibit their production of the enzyme aromatase causes them to fancy members of their own sex, Viveka Mansukhani and her colleagues at Cornell University explain in the December Hormones and Behavior. Testosterone or estradiol treatments make females likely to consort with other females.
In their study, Mansukhani and her coworkers tampered with the sexual orientation of animals that choose one mate for life — a group whose sexual preferences have drawn little attention from other researchers. They gave female zebra finches estradiol during their first 2 weeks of life, then put them in either all-female or coed cages for up to 100 days. Next, they gave them testosterone and observed their mate preferences.
In environments intended to replicate a natural colony, the female birds that grew up in unisex housing were more likely to prefer females than were those in the coed group, they report. As juveniles, the birds may need to see males in order to learn to choose them as mates, speculates coauthor Elizabeth Adkins-Regan.
Because of the great importance of having a partner and the finite supply of males in cages, some captive female zebra finches select a same-sex companion even without any hormone treatments, says Adkins-Regan. In cages, “there’s always a chance that they may get left out — that nobody wants them,” she says. In the wild, they can usually go in search of other males to court and probably don’t hook up with females. by TINA ADLER in Animals’ Fancies
AS Jonah Lehrer puts it :
Male big horn sheep live in what are often called “homosexual societies.” They bond through genital licking and anal intercourse, which often ends in ejaculation. If a male sheep chooses to not have gay sex, it becomes a social outcast. Ironically, scientists call such straight-laced males “effeminate.”
Giraffes have all-male orgies. So do bottlenose dolphins, killer whales, gray whales, and West Indian manatees. Japanese macaques, on the other hand, are ardent lesbians; the females enthusiastically mount each other. Bonobos, one of our closest primate relatives, are similar, except that their lesbian sexual encounters occur every two hours. Male bonobos engage in “penis fencing,” which leads, surprisingly enough, to ejaculation. They also give each other genital massages.
As this list of activities suggests, having homosexual sex is the biological equivalent of apple pie: Everybody likes it. At last count, over 450 different vertebrate species could be beheaded in Saudi Arabia. You name it, there’s a vertebrate out there that does it. Nevertheless, most biologists continue to regard homosexuality as a sexual outlier. According to evolutionary theory, being gay is little more than a maladaptive behavior.
(…)Darwin’s theory of sex has been biological dogma ever since he postulated why peacocks flirt. His gendered view of life has become a centerpiece of evolution, one of his great scientific legacies. The culture wars over evolution and common descent notwithstanding, Darwin’s theory of sexual selection has been thoroughly assimilated into mass culture. From sitcoms to beer ads, our coital “instincts” are constantly reaffirmed. Females are wary, and males are horny. Sex is this simple. Or is it?