M Jenny Edwards
Criminologist, Independent Researcher
WHAT IS BESTIALITY?
THE BEST KEPT CRIMINAL SECRET
Bestiality (sometimes incorrectly referred to as zoophilia) is the intentional sexual conduct or contact between a human and an animal.
Bestiality has been linked to a number of other criminal acts such as pedophilia, making and distribution of extreme pornography, and aggravated cruelty toward humans and animals.
WHO DOES IT?
AS MUCH AS 5% OF THE POPULATION
There is no single profile that fits all animal sex offenders just as there is no single profile that fits all human sex offenders.
While the majority of offenders are white, middle-aged men, the number of women and couples is rising.
Incidents have been reported worldwide, so ethnicity, race, gender, and even primary sexual preference can vary.
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IN THE NEWS
Net Neutrality: Pornhub, xHamster, Kink, Redtube, and ManyVids weigh in
June 23, 2017
The FCC recently proposed changes to the net netruality rules that are meant to ensure that internet sevice providers grant equal access to content and products on the web. Prior to net neutrality, ISPs could slow down or block content, or require businesses to pay more for equal access. Some porn providers - including those that offer bestiality and kink images - are fighting back.
Dog raped with broom handle
VIRGINIA - June 22, 2017
Earlier this month, a female Basset-Beagle mix with a vaginal infection was dropped off at an animal shelter. The dog, now called Huggles, was put on antibiotics and improvided slightly, but continued to bleed heavily from her vulva. When Huggles was X-Rayed, vets were shocked to find that the plastic cap of a broom handle was lodged in her vaginal canal, indicating she had been raped with a broom. Authorities are seeking the abuser, and the shelter is offering a $200 reward for information about the attacker.
Nevada, Texas, and Vermont pass new bestiality laws
June 16, 2017
In late May, Gov. Sandoval of Nevada signed a law explicitly banning bestiality. The Vermont bill strengthens current animal cruelty laws establishing specific penalties for bestiality.
The Texas legislature struggled with passing a separate bestiality bill for several years. Most states repealed sodomy laws after the landmark decision in Lawrence v Texas, a landmark case making consensual same-gender sexual activity legal. But Texas kept their sodomy law intact, as a way to prohibit bestiality. Like most sodomy laws, this one was seldom enforced, and several cases of bestiality in Texas went unpunished. When towns like Midland, Amarillo, and Lubbock began devising their own laws, Texas legislators took notice.
Bills were introduced, but failed in the most recent legislative sessions, in Kentucky and West Virginia. Hawaii and the Distric of Columbia also do not have specific laws prohibiting sex acts between humans and animals. DOWNLOAD CURRENT LAWS