Kenneth Pinyan Obituary, Death – Kenneth Pinyan, a Gig Harbor resident, died from injuries incurred during anal intercourse with a stallion at a farm in unincorporated King County, Washington, near the city of Enumclaw. He died as a result of his injuries acquired during a sex performance in July 2005, which was videotaped by a buddy.
He suffered a perforated colon following receptive anal intercourse with a horse. The event was covered in the Seattle Times, which became one of the paper’s most popular pieces of 2005. It was nicknamed the “Enumclaw horse sex case” by the media. The video was finally uploaded to the Internet. Following Pinyan’s death, a bill prohibiting both sex with animals and videotaping of the same was immediately passed in Washington. In Washington, bestiality is now a Class C felony punishable by up to five years in jail.
Zoo, a documentary chronicling Pinyan’s life and death, as well as the lives of those who came to the farm near Enumclaw, premiered in 2007 at the Sundance Film Festival. It was one of 16 festival winners picked from an applicant pool of 856, and it went on to perform at a number of regional festivals across the United States. Following its Sundance premiere, it was selected as one of the top five American films to screen at the prestigious Directors Fortnight sidebar at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.
The incident occurred on a 40-acre (16-hectare) farm in unincorporated King County, northwest of Enumclaw, Washington. Pinyan, James Michael Tait (who lived in a trailer near the farm), and another unidentified man visited the farm frequently to have sexual contact with the horses.