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Sexual relations between a human being and an animal.

At Common Law, bestiality was considered a crime against nature and was punishable by death.

Today, it is prohibited by statutes in most states as a form of Sodomy. The penalty for committing the offense is a fine, imprisonment, or both.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


n. copulation by a human with an animal, which is a crime in all states as a "crime against nature." (See: crime against nature)

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the offence of having sex with an animal.
Collins Dictionary of Law © W.J. Stewart, 2006