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Animal Sex Abuse





The United States (US) is governed by both state and federal laws.  (The opposite of this system is a centralized governance, such as that found in France and Great Britain, where the federal government sets laws for the entire country.)

The US is comprised of fifty states, four territories, and one federal district.  In addition, the US military and indigenous tribes maintain their own sovereignty.  

There is no federal statute for bestiality; however, there are federal laws against obscenity, so investigations should always inlude a search for images created, possessed, or distributed by the offender.  

The remaining jurisdictions vary in terms of what is prohibited and the penalties assessed for infractions. Michigan State University has a comprehensive listing of state laws prohibiting bestiality; however, for specific and up-to-date language you should go directly to the state's site.


States in red represent those with no specific legal prohibition against bestiality.

Note - since this map was created, Kentucky has passed legislation prohibitng animal sex abuse.


Laws vary worldwide just as they do in the U.S. One Wikipedia site has a fairly current listing of worldwide laws prohibiting bestiality; however, note that the site refers to zoophilia, which is a medical term, indicating an atypical sexual interest or fetish, whereas laws prohibit bestiality, which is acting on that sexual interest.


Australia - Reforms to existing laws that govern who can work and volunteer with Queensland children are being considered. Current laws prohibit child rapists and murderers from doing so, and proposed reforms would add anyone convicted of bestiality and child abduction to the list.

Canada - May 9, 2019: A bill to expand the definition of bestiality has passed the House and now moves to the Senate. Prior to the introduction of C-94 bestiality was only illegal if it involved anal penetration of an animal by a person. In reality, penetration goes both ways, happens in more than one body part, and often is done by someone else for the pleasure of the offender.

U.S. - May 13, 2019: Voting on a bill in Utica NY to create an animal abuse registry has been postponed by the Ways and Means Committee after the board minority leader raised concerns over whether a farmer could be placed on the registry for using horses to pull manure spreaders.