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Q: Bestiality laws ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   5 Comments )
Subject: Bestiality laws
Category: Relationships and Society > Law
Asked by: highvoltageblond-ga
List Price: $30.00
Posted: 11 Feb 2005 14:46 PST
Expires: 13 Mar 2005 14:46 PST
Question ID: 473091
What are the laws about bestiality or zoophilia in America? What are
the legal definitions and the fines imposed on people charged with and
convicted of bestiality or zoophilia acts that are illegal?

Request for Question Clarification by pinkfreud-ga on 11 Feb 2005 14:55 PST
Such laws vary from state to state. Is there any state in which you
are particularly interested?

Clarification of Question by highvoltageblond-ga on 11 Feb 2005 17:37 PST
I would be interested in knowing how the laws vary from state to state.  

Meaning, if it is legal in some, but illegal in others, I'd like to
know which it's legal in, and which it's illegal in....

Hey, I'd even like to know what the penalty is if you're caught
engaging in an "illegal" state.


Clarification of Question by highvoltageblond-ga on 11 Feb 2005 18:41 PST
OK... Point well taken.  How about we focus on these 10 cities:

New York City
Los Angeles
Subject: Re: Bestiality laws
Answered By: markj-ga on 11 Feb 2005 18:59 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
highvoltageblond --

Surprisingly enough, there is indeed a "Bestiality Central" online
(not X-rated either) that has the information you are seeking -- a
rundown of the (30) states in which bestiality is specifically
outlawed, along with a summary of the penalties that can be imposed
for violating these laws in each state.

Here is a link to the information:

Totse: Bestiality Laws from Around the World

Although this compilation appears to be several years old, I believe
that it is likely to be accurate because there are more recent sources
that state that the total number of states that have such laws is 30,
which is the same number listed at the site linked above.

Here are links to two of those confirming sources:

"Justice Kennedy's logic is applied to other behaviors, then anything
consensual that takes place in private can no longer be considered
illegal. Therefore, when a zoophile ? the politically correct label
given to those who engage in bestiality ? decides to challenge one of
the 30 existing state laws that declare his or her private activity a
crime, the Supreme Court will have to rule those statutes

Lifwway: An Unnecessary Boost to the Gay Rights Movement,1703,A%253D153807%2526M%253D150019,00.html

"NOTE:  Bestial porn is illegal under current federal obscenity codes.
 Bestiality is specifically  illegal in 30 states.  Animal
abuse/cruelty laws have been and can be used in all states.  In other
words, there are NO states where bestiality is legal."

Focus Adolescent Services: Teen Sexual Behaviors: Issues and Concerns 

Search Strategy:

The following Google searches led to the information and gave me
reasonable confidence that there is no contrary online information:

bestiality state laws

bestiality state laws 30

I am confident that this is the information you are looking for.  If
anything is unclear, please ask for clarification before rating the

highvoltageblond-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
I had already found myself, but wasn't that interested
because it's from 1997. If you know of any recent cases of actual
cases charged, or states where this is legal -- not just protected
under cruelty of animals clause -- that would be very helpful! If you
need to narrow geographical area, NY and CA are my choices. Thanks!

Subject: Re: Bestiality laws
From: pinkfreud-ga on 11 Feb 2005 17:54 PST
Unless there is some sort of "Bestiality Central" website which gives
details on the laws of all 50 states, this is essentially going to be
fifty separate research projects. You may want to consider raising
your price considerably.

(Maybe there is a "Bestiality Central" site, of course. If so, I would
rather not know about it.)
Subject: Re: Bestiality laws
From: pinkfreud-ga on 11 Feb 2005 19:16 PST
Great work, markj!

I confess that I didn't have the nerve to even try a Google search on
this subject, since I was worried that I might be disconcerted by some
of what tends to show up in searches on subjects of this type.
Subject: Re: Bestiality laws
From: highvoltageblond-ga on 12 Feb 2005 07:40 PST
I already found the Bestiality site, but because it is from
1997, I thought that perhaps I could get some help on finding
something more current. I'm interested in specific allowances of
bestiality or cases that were prosecuted and what the fines are -- the
specifics that I could not find on my own google searches, that maybe
you can, that would be great.

If you have to narrow it down, I'd choose NY and CA. 

Subject: Re: Bestiality laws
From: markj-ga on 12 Feb 2005 08:41 PST
highvoltageblond --

Thanks for the rating, and here is additional information that you requested:

As I noted in my answer, the fact that very current sources say that
30 states specifcally outlaw the practice gives me reasonable
confidence that the 1997 information is still accurate in that regard.

As for the specifics on New York and California law, here are links to
the relevant statutory provisions of each state, which are consistent
with the 1997 information:

New York

ASPCA: New York Penal Law: Section 130.20

Penalty (Class A Misdemeanor):
"Class A misdemeanor. A sentence of imprisonment for a class A
misdemeanor shall be a definite sentence. When such a sentence is
imposed the term shall be fixed by the court, and shall not exceed one
year .  .  .  ."

Marijuana Reform: New York State Penal Code, Section 70.15


FindLaw: California Penal Code, Section 286.5

Penalty (Misdemeanor):
"The maximum penalty allowed in California for a misdemeanor is one
year in county jail and/or a fine."

Guide to California Courts

Subject: Re: Bestiality laws
From: therealjehovah-ga on 29 Nov 2005 21:15 PST
Try that site helped a lot with the issue.

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