Making Animal Dildos: Is It Ethical?

Dildos in the shape of animal genitals are a well-established part of the sex industry’s more exotic side. While they’re certainly on the fringe of regular tastes, they nevertheless enjoy appreciation from a considerable number of people around the world.

Though many find their use objectionable on a personal level (and that’s fine), their creation poses a more complicated ethical issue. After all, you can’t really make animal dildos without animals. As such, their manufacturing process raises some moral quandaries. Is it okay to put animals through the steps of making these sex toys?

Before we can even begin to answer that question, we need to learn about how people make animal dildos.

How Are Animal Dildos Made?

In essence, there are two ways in which people make animal dildos. These apply to both human and animal dildos, so fringe creators and mainstream companies (like Doc Johnson) alike do it like this.

The first method is to have people personally design them based on references (images, videos, and the like). From there, they recreate their concept from the appropriate materials — glass, jelly, rubber, phthalate-free plastic, among others — and let it harden. After some finishing touches, the dildo is good to go.

The other way to make dildos based on animal anatomy is to create casts. This goes basically as you would expect. An animal’s genitals (dogs’ and horses’ are particularly popular) are placed in a mold filled with a specific material (silicone, for example), and that mold is used to cast the dildo. If you’ve ever wondered how to make a realistic dildo, this is the best way of going about this.

Both of these methods can create some pretty impressive, high-quality toys. The former gives more freedom for making creative custom-made dildos, so they can boast some unique features. On the other hand, the latter works splendidly for recreating an animal’s anatomy down to a tee.

What’s the Problem?

From an ethical standpoint, the first process doesn’t trigger any major alarms. It involves no animal abuse or even any interaction with an animal. Therefore, there is no moment where an animal can become a victim of any mistreatment. It’s a product created entirely by humans for other humans.

But as you can imagine, the second one stirs some controversy in terms of animal ethics. To get a proper mold for the dildo, the animal has to be in an aroused state. That means that the people creating said mold must stimulate the animal in some way. Not only that, but the casting involves a lot of contact with their sexual organs.

The animals obviously can’t give consent to having their penises (or vaginas in the case of fleshlights) touched like this. And that’s where the trouble begins. If the animal can’t consent, it’s easy to conclude that the act is, by definition, sexual abuse.

Now, one can definitely make a convincing case for this position. But doing so often misses the big picture. A crucial thing we need to consider is whether the animal used for making a dildo undergoes any kind of trauma.

Do the Animals Suffer?

The process of creating a dildo using an animal involves a lot of physical contact. So does this contact cause any pain, discomfort, or even trauma for the “models”? If it is indeed an uncomfortable ordeal for them and they actively resist it, that would surely be a huge problem, wouldn’t it?

As it turns out, the animal subjects don’t seem to mind the idea. Discomfort is at a pretty minimal level, the main source of it potentially being the restraints they may need. They tend to be accompanied by someone they’re familiar with, which makes them more at ease.

The Arousal

After the subject is in place, it needs to become engorged. Here, the people involved need to lead it to arousal. They go about it in mostly non-invasive ways, the most extreme being prostate stimulation. Either way, they pique the animal’s interest, so to speak, without doing anything drastic.

Making the Cast

And as far as the cast making goes, it’s a pretty brief procedure. The animal, once aroused, has the mold placed on its penis, which stays on for long enough to make a proper cast. How long that actually takes depends on the material used. However, it’s always a matter of mere minutes (such as five minutes, as cited by one sex toy manufacturer). The experts there will comfort the animal should it feel unnerved at any point of the casting.

After the Fact

Once the model has done its part, it doesn’t have to come back any time soon. The cast they helped make is easy to reuse, so there’s no need to use that same animal again. And afterward, they rarely show any signs of trauma, be it emotional or physical. Some might not like the experience and struggle during, which could lead to very minor injuries, but these are quite the outliers.

To recap, creating a cast is a pain-free pursuit. Furthermore, it takes very little time to finish, and the animal goes through with it only once in a very long while (if not only once period). And getting them in the mood to do the deed, as it were, doesn’t hurt them. Finally, they don’t display any discontent about what is and what has been done to them. All things considered, it’s a far cry from abhorrent treatment of life.

So molding a dildo isn’t arduous for the animal, but that might not justify the sexual element. There is still no consent on the animal’s part. But a more accurate perspective will frame your thinking of this dilemma more accurately.

Is Animal Penis Casting That Bad?

Animal rights experts will often contend that making animal dildos with actual animal genitals is objectionable. And while it’s safe to say that they have a point, what these animals experience fades in comparison to the suffering creatures face in other industries.

Farm Animals

Let’s take the often-cited example of farms. So-called broiler chickens, those grown for their meat, typically endure conditions one could only describe as horrendous. Tiny cages where the chickens can barely turn around, let alone move freely; stuffy storage rooms with air oppressively tainted with ammonia; complete disregard for any injuries or general wellbeing on the farmers’ part: their living conditions are nothing short of detestable.

But even other farm animals meant for meat face a fate we would never even consider for a human being. Regardless of the relative comfort some free-range farm animals enjoy, they still wind up killed and processed into food. There definitely isn’t any consent here either, and the outcome is far more gruesome than that of the mold donors.


You needn’t even look at death-related cases to see animal cruelty that society readily accepts. In fact, you can look at the opposite: life. For instance, breeder dog owners regularly subject their pets to what one might consider sexual abuse. The females, for one, get inseminated without them actually letting us know that’s what they want. It’s something we hardly take umbrage with, and it’s pretty comparable to dildo manufacturing. And animal cruelty laws in the United States don’t seem to take issue with either of the two, seeing that they’re permitted under the law.

In the grand scheme of things, making animal dildos doesn’t create any actual harm. Just compare it to what we do to pigs, cows, and many others on a daily basis. From the food we eat to the products we test on animals, it’s difficult to imagine the scope of it. When you take into account both the horror and the scale of what we do, it doesn’t even compare.

Some might find it distasteful, but any accusation beyond that is hardly nuanced enough. The bottom line is that it’s a cruelty-free way to satisfy a legitimate market niche. After all, how to make a horse dildo that looks the part without the real thing? As long as it’s harmless, the way we do it is the way to go.

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