Douglas Spink, an impenitent advocate for zoophilia (bestiality)—sex between humans and animals—who was released early from a sentence for drug-running charges, explained after a hearing in the U.S. District Court on Friday that, “…he’s misunderstood and maligned, and has never hurt an animal.” He said he could sum up his philosophy in a single phrase: “Humans are not the only sexual species.”
Spink, 42, appeared before U.S. District Judge Ricardo Martinez in Seattle, Washington, on May 17, after concerns were raised that Spink was accessing the Internet through third parties, including his mother, to post comments on websites affiliated with bestiality.
Martinez advised Spink that the court cannot do anything about his ideas, “but I can control your actions,” reports Mike Carter of the Seattle Times.
One of Spink’s attorneys, James Turner, of Bellingham, said his client believes that the controversy surrounding human-animal sex is shaping up to be the “civil-rights fight of the 21st century, much like gay rights.”
Spink is reportedly living with his mother after being released from prison.
DRUGS, SEX WITH DOGS AND HORSES, AND MICE COATED WITH VASELINE
Spink’s current troubles began when his car was stopped in 2005 in Monroe, loaded with 328 pounds of cocaine intended for Canada and worth nearly $32 million, according to court documents. Spink, who was referred to as a “Coke Kingpin” by the New York Daily News could have faced up to 15 years in prison. But, as a result of his agreement to cooperate with prosecutors and testify against other drug suppliers, Spink was given only a three-year sentence.
Douglas Spink was described by the Seattle Times in 2010 as a one-time dot.com millionaire, convicted drug smuggler and horse trainer. On several Internet photos, he is shown with large-breed dogs, a Rottweiler and a German Shepherd, and said to have also been a dog breeder.
Spink was reportedly living on rural property south of Sumas, Washington, when he connected with James Tait, a man imprisoned in Tennessee on a bestiality charge. It is uncertain exactly how that contact was made.
Tait had earlier been convicted of trespassing in a 2005 case in which a Gig Harbor man died of internal injuries after having sex with a horse, according to a 2010 report by the Seattle Times. While they were monitoring jailhouse communications, authorities discovered the communication in which Spink offered to help provide defense for Tait against a new bestiality-related charge. The investigation resulted in Spink's arrest at his Sumas farm for suspicion of violating his federal probation for drug smuggling. Sumasis located on the Canadian border in Western Washington.
Federal prosecutors and county sheriff's officials said Spink also was allowing people to come to his farm and have sex with animals. He was "promoting tourism of this nature for bestiality," Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo told the court.
When they searched the property investigators testified they discovered videotapes including images of a man who was visiting the property having sex with several large-breed dogs. That man, Stephen Clarke, was arrested in 2009 for investigation of four counts of bestiality, Elfo said. Clarke stated he had traveled from London to have sex with the dogs and horses at Spinks’ farm and pleaded guilty to four counts of animal cruelty, according to the court record.
That farm was reportedly known as Exitpoint Stallions and was owned by Spink's mother. Dozens of dogs, horses and pet mice were seized, according to the Huffington Post report, along with what investigators described as “thousands of images of bestiality and apparent child pornography.”
The mice were euthanized, said Sheriff Elfo, "This stuff is just truly bizarre," he said. "These were mice that had their tails cut off, they were smothered in Vaseline and they had string tied around them."
(Note: In 2006, the Washington Legislature made bestiality a Class C felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.)
BACK TO THE PRESENT
On Friday, May 17, the Seattle Times reports that a representative of the U.S. Office of Probation and Parole said they believe Spink, who had owned and operated a computer-security company, is attempting to get around the court’s order that he avoid the Internet, unless he agrees to having his computer use monitored.
Martinez told Spink that he understands that rules “chafe,” but that he must find a way to live within them or face another stretch in federal prison, the Times reports.
That warning stems from a ruling earlier this month in which the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Martinez’s decision to have the government wipe the hard drives of computers seized from Spink when he was arrested at his property in 2009 near Sumas at his animal-sex farm. Police recovered several hours of videotape recordings of British national Stephen Clarke’s activities with various animals, according to court files.
Spink was barely out of federal prison on drug charges at that time, and the incident resulted in Judge Martinez finding that Spink had violated conditions of his release by engaging in animal cruelty and eventually sending him back to prison for nearly three years.
Federal agents have been unable to access the hard drives, which they believe could contain encrypted material related to bestiality. The Appeals Court decided that it is better to be safe and wipe the drives than risk allowing Spink access to any hidden files.
Adding to the complexity, when Spink was released from federal custody to a halfway house last year, Whatcom County prosecutors charged him with the three counts of animal cruelty in State court, related to the 2009 sex-with-animals incident at the farm. Those charges are still pending.
Meanwhile, Spink has 18 months of federal supervision remaining. Martinez urged him not to mess up “when you’re this close.” The Judge added, “Then you can be rid of us, and we can be rid of you,” the Seattle Times reports.