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Bestiality

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.

bestiality

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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bestiality

the offence of having sex with an animal.
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For this reason, the idea and practice of zoophilia itself demands critical evaluation lest ecopedagogy be committed to a highly limited form of eduction of irrational (and possibly fascist) mythologies of the primeval, or to reactionary combinations of either nature/culture or human/nonhuman that work curricularly throughout society to re-inscribe the domination of nature proper.
A zoophilia was quite rare and definitely not generally an accepted part of Greek daily life, and it seems to be hardly imaginable that zoophilia should be practiced with 'all animals'.
Oddly, Rabino Chico's misanthropic zoophilia is the one happy consequence of a story which began when a pedlar of bogus Darwinism convinced his father that he was the so-called missing link (on account of his protruding coccyx), a revelation which made him an atheist and led to his execution during the Civil War.
Zoophilia has been defined as an exclusive or predominant desire for sexual contact with animals, including an emotional involvement (American Psychiatric Association, 1994).
/ Use me but as your spaniel"; (5) to Bottom's histrionic desire to act the roles of both Thisbe and the Lion in "Pyramus and Thisbe" (I.ii.43-45; 58-60); to Puck's reassurance to the young lovers that "Jack shall have Jill, / Nought shall go ill; / The man shall have his mare again, and all shall be well" (III.iii.45-47); to the etymological derivation of Hippolyta's name; to Bottom's malapropic exclamation as Pyramus, "O wherefore, nature, didst thou lions frame, / Since lion vile hath here deflowered my dear?" (V.i.280-81); A Midsummer Night's Dream entertains persistent intimations of zoophilia. Moreover, these hints of cross-species love repeatedly arise in contexts that involve the correction of maladjusted heteroerotic relationships.
Indeed, so anxious were certain commentators to define the correct relationship with the nude that `Pygmalionism', one of the most common themes of Victorian nude painting and sculpture because of the peculiarly intense encounter between artists and their models, was classified and theorised by Havelock Ellis in his groundbreaking Studies in the Psychology of Sex (1897-1928), alongside homosexuality, exhibitionism, erotic zoophilia, and various other so-called perversions.
Hitler's zoophilia, and Nazi environmentalism more generally,(18) were connected with a hostility to "cosmopolitan" intellect, that is, intellect not rooted in ethnic or other local particularities.
Steve, who featured under Z for Zoophilia, also wanted a stable relationship.