“The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which." George Orwell, Animal Farm.
In The National Anthem episode of Black Mirror, David Cameron is ransomed into having sex with a live pig on national television. Under mediaeval law animals such as pigs were subjected to criminal trial and execution for infanticide and witchcraft.
Questions of satire, reality, culpability and historical anachronism came to mind upon reading yesterday’s revelations in The Sunday Express that a biography of David Cameron claimed he inserted a “private part of his anatomy” into a “dead pig’s head” on a colleague’s lap and that another member of the Oxford University dining club was in possession of a photograph of the alleged act.
Whilst these claims about our elected Head of State may well be fallacious, the legal ramifications deserve probing; albeit in the style of a first year undergraduate law exam question answer. Hence, first and foremost, it is important to note that as settled principles of English law, animals and cadavers cannot consent to sexual activity with a human.