Bestiality Now Making US Headlines, Not Always Illegal

Bestiality is starting to make headlines in the U.S. and around the world. What is going on?

Bestiality is an abomination, but would you believe it’s legal in some parts of the United States—and in some parts of the world?

The rise of bestiality in America (and around the world) is troublesome. Believe it or not, bestiality cases are all over the news. A flood of stories has emerged in just the past few weeks alone. What in the world is going on?

According to charges filed Wednesday in Tippecanoe Superior Court 5 in Lafayette, Ind., a man was caught on home video engaging in sexual acts with a dog. The 52-year-old, David Arnold, faces two Class D felony counts in connection with the abominable bestiality, reports.

Meanwhile, James Lee Lyons, 53, was just sentenced to eight years in prison for sexually abusing dogs. He was arrested twice on bestiality charges—and convicted in 1998 of attempted sexual battery on a child and sexual act with a child while in a familial role, according to the St. Augustine Record.

It’s too bad for Arnold and Lyons that they didn’t get busted for bestiality in Alabama, where having sex with animals remains legal. The Alabama Senate is just now addressing bestiality, voting to make it a crime in January. But at least for now, it remains legal. All I can say to that is, really?

Bestiality is illegal in Canada. But that’s not stopping men from having sex with their four-legged friends. Anthony Volgmann, a 30-year-old volunteer with the Canadian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, pled guilty to charges of bestiality and corrupting morals, WebProNews reports: “Volgmann was found to have had performed sexual acts with dogs under his care during his time as a dog walker between January and September in 2013. He also posted pictures of his acts online which resulted in the corrupting morals charge.”

The abomination of bestiality is absolutely legal in Denmark. Indeed, there are actually legal animal brothels in the nation. “Danish animal owners advertise openly that they offer sex with animals, without intervention from police or other authorities," the Danish newspaper 24timer was cited as saying.

"Animals involved reportedly have many years of experience, and they actually crave the sexual stimulation. Animal owners charge from DKK 500 to 1000 (USD $85 to $170), the newspaper found,” International Business Times reports. “Pornographic movies involving the act of bestiality are also widely available in the Internet, especially because production and sale of such materials are legal in countries such as Denmark.”

Skip over to England, and bestiality is illegal. Nevertheless, Paul Lovell, 61, was found guilty of engaging in bestiality with farm animals. Cows and sheep, to be specific. As disgusting as this is, apparently some people find it acceptable and others find it amusing. “Sniggering could be heard during the trial of Paul Lovell, who allegedly tried to have sex with a sheep near the Premier League side’s state-of-the-art facility in Enfield, north London, on September 4,” Metro reports.

The stories of bestiality go on and on. Google News turns up 1,530 current news stories related to bestiality in just .23 seconds, from teens having sex with pregnant pit bulls to Charlie Sheen making vile bestiality slurs about his ex-wife. So if you think this issue is rare, think again. I don’t believe we’ll see bestiality widely accepted any time soon, but with a new study reporting gay marriage is surging in popularity and the mainstream media push for polyamory, is it out of the question to think that bestiality boosters will be next in line for equal rights?

The Bible is clear: “Nor shall you mate with any animal, to defile yourself with it. Nor shall any woman stand before an animal to mate with it. It is perversion” (Lev. 18:23). And again, “Whoever lies with an animal shall surely be put to death” (Ex. 22:19). And again, “Cursed is the one who lies with any kind of animal. And all the people shall say, ‘Amen!’" (Deut. 27:21).

Of course, the Bible is clear on homosexuality, too, but that’s not stopping anyone. As I said last week, the shadow of Sodom and Gomorrah is hanging over America. God help us. Pray that our children and their children aren’t wooed into the immorality that’s rushing into land.

Jennifer LeClaire is news editor at Charisma. She is also the author of several books, including The Making of a Prophet. You can email Jennifer at or visit her website here. You can also join Jennifer on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.

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