Tierra Baja, Cartagena, Colombia – A quiet coastal town located on the outskirts of Cartagena has gained global attention, not for its picturesque landscapes or rich history, but for an age-old tradition that many find puzzling and disturbing: men having sex with donkeys. This unconventional tradition can be dated back many generations.
For the residents of this town, this shocking example of animal cruelty isn’t something that’s hush-hush. Rather, it’s seen as a rite of passage, a practice often initiated during adolescence and continued into adulthood.
Men in the region often view it as an alternative to masturbation, providing a sensation distinct from being with a woman.
In the predominantly Catholic country of Colombia, many women remain chaste until marriage, resulting in boys and young men seeking alternative avenues for sexual expression. This has led to young men even referring to these donkeys as their “girlfriends” at times.
Some also believe that having sex with donkeys can help stretch and enlarge the penis, preparing young boys for better sex with women in the future.
But this depraved act is not only cruel to animals; it is deeply troubling in terms of what it teaches young men about consent and respect.
These donkeys are treated not as living beings but as mere objects for gratification.
This is not limited to just the outskirts of Cartagena. Other regions of Colombia’s northern coastline also witness similar activities. A study conducted in Cordoba revealed that among the interviewed participants, 68.1% admitted to having engaged in the act, often in the presence of friends or family. Surprisingly, 87.6% of these men said they enjoyed the experience the first time, and 37.5% expressed the desire for their sons to follow in their footsteps.