Is Bestiality Illegal?


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The legality of bestiality differs between states. As of 2015, 34 states have statutes prohibiting sexual contact between a human and an animal. In 17 of these states, bestiality is a misdemeanor. In remaining states, bestiality is a felony, reports Michigan State University College of Law.

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Several states have no specific laws against bestiality, including New Jersey, New Mexico, Colorado and New Hampshire, according to Michigan State University College of Law. However, even if a state does not specifically ban bestiality, offenders could be charged with animal cruelty or a sex crime. Bestiality is not regulated at the federal level, but military personnel can be court-martialed for engaging in sexual activity with an animal, notes the Cornell Legal Information Institute.

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