Americans may not realize that in 11 states (Kentucky, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Texas, Vermont, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, and Wyoming) it is legal to have sex with non-human animals (like horses, cows, pigs, dogs, dolphins, rabbits, or other living creatures.)

Known as bestiality, zoophilia is illegal in all other states. Bestiality is classified as either a misdemeanor or a felony. In some states bestiality is defined as “cruelty to animals;” in others a “deviant sexual act;” and in others, “a detestable, abominable crime against nature.”

No federal law explicitly prohibits sex between humans and non-human animals.

Zoophiles like Malcolm Brenner argue relationships with animals, like he had with Dolly the bottle nose dolphin, should be as normal those in interracial relationships. But is zoophilia really a sexual orientation choice? Is it really comparable to inter-racial relationships?

Article posted with permission from Constitution.com

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