So where do we even begin?
Douglas Spink is easily the most infamous zoophilia advocate in recent memory. Or at least, he’d like to think so. Over the last 10 years, he’s made international news, been in and out of prison, and has cost taxpayers and animal shelters untold thousands of dollars. The Spink saga is so tremendous it could easily span an entire book. We’re not going to try to cover even a tenth of it here, or go into too many specifics, but rather give something of an overview.
The animal abuse dates back to the 1990s. He started with dogs and moved “up” to horses a few years afterward. There is ample and easily obtainable photographic evidence of this abuse, though he stopped spreading images publically after his first arrest.
Spink’s brushes with the law represent an interesting intersection between law enforcement at it’s most tragically wasteful (the “war on drugs”) and law enforcement at it’s most impotent (animal cruelty).
Spink was part of a generation of dot-com era temporary millionaires, worth a fortune at the end of the 1990s and millions in debt by the beginning of the 2000s. Not long afterward, he took up drug trafficking. (It is assumed that he did this in order to continue to swim in the wealth that afforded him access to the expensive animals he craved, but there may have been other reasons.) He was arrested in 2005 with millions of dollars worth of cocaine, and got a lenient sentence by fully cooperating with the investigation into the rest of the smuggling operation.
He was out on parole by 2008, and around this time last year got into trouble again when an animal sex tourism operation he ran was discovered. This violated his parole, and he is currently serving the remaining three years of his sentence.
There have been various news articles about this incident that describe it much better. The animal shelter Hope For Horses also has an excellent series of blog posts that go into detail about what went down and what was revealed at Spink’s detention hearing.
Spink gets out in November of next year. In theory, he will be heavily monitored and face severe restrictions on what he can and can’t do for a good two years after he gets out. But since he has never actually formally faced any animal cruelty charges, he will likely not be barred from owning animals. This should be the end of the story, but many fear that he will simply resume his previous behavior when he gets out.
Spink is a big part of why we’re here. Expect more on him and other advocates and incidents in the coming months.