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A cub is a preadolescent mammal, usually ursine or feline. Cub has come to be a generic term for furry children. However, if you want to refer to a child of a species whose young are usually called something other than cub, it's probably a good idea to call them by their standard title. Young canines should be pups, young foxes should be kits, etc.
Legal issues regarding cub media
As of 2010 there are no laws in the United States, Canada or the UK that explicitly refer to sexual depictions of minors other than humans. However there are laws in many countries which could be used to prosecute people if the issue was argued in court. These can include obscenity, bestiality and child pornography laws which rely on some interpretation based on opinion. It is worth noting that, if cub art were unambiguously classed as child pornography, it would be unlikely that a publication like Softpaw Magazine would be available for purchase by the public.
Also, because the drawing does not actually depict a physical person it is impossible to determine their age, therefore some legal systems depend on analysis based on the psychical attributes of normal human development (breasts, pubic hair, muscle tone and size) for age estimation. This would be impractical for fantasy type creatures like taurs, griffons, and dragons as they display very few normal human traits.
Australia however has implemented laws strictly prohibiting any depiction of child pornography "even one which departs from recognizable human forms in some significant respects". These laws have extended to pornography of real people who are over the age of consent but appear to not be. People have being convicted numerous times for possessing non-anthro cartoon pornography. Currently Australia is implementing an internet censorship filter and in 2008 a list of web addresses that are to be blocked was spread via wikileaks. The list included several images of cub porn hosted on e621.
There is no known case of cub pornography being used to prosecute anyone in a court of law.
Cub pornography and furry
Cub pornography remains an extremely controversial subject within the furry fandom with those on one side proclaiming it as an expression of freedom of drawing with no actual minors being involved, and those on the other saying its a disgusting fetish that can lead to said activities. Because of legal grey areas, as noted in the above section, cub porn, in recent years, is slowly being phased by a number of medias and other organizations, much to the chagrin of said artists and those who support them.
One example is on November 24, 2010 when popular furry art site, Fur Affinity banned cub porn from its website, after its payment processor site, AlertPay, cancelled its donations account. Although the act was praised by those who resented cub pornography, this caused a major uproar within the cub community even after the sites owner, Dragoneer, had told everyone that he had no other choice; either it, or the site itself goes. So incensed was the cub community/supporters that Dragoneer even received death threats over the matter. The move also fuelled growth at Inkbunny, which had opened shortly before with a tag-blocking system allowing such material to co-exist with those not wishing to see it.
- Fur Affinity loses AlertPay account, bans cub porn - GreenReaper, Flayrah (24 November 2010)
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