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13 February 2000 Issue
Stop Animal Pornography on the Web

How many times have you been surfing the internet or doing a search on an engine for pet/animal related material and have come across disgusting sites hosting "Bestiality Hard Core Pornography" displaying illegal images or movie clips with humans having sex with animals?

I know I have all to much! The act of Bestiality alone is illegal in 24 States in the USA and deemed "animal abuse" by the Humane Society of the United States!

The displaying of pornographic Bestiality images is illegal under Federal Obscenity Laws just like "Child Pornography" in ALL of the USA, but seldom gets enforced as it is given low priority with Federal Law Enforcement.

Did you ever stop and think, people sexually abusing animals could eventually start doing the same to our children? Wives? Friends? and Mothers? Just as Serial Killers who start by abusing animals, later start abusing and murdering humans!

We need to put a stop to this now!!! Before our own children, family and friends are next!!! We need to let our Federal and Local Law Enforcement Agencies know to take this type of pornography seriously, just like they do with child pornography!!! The one is just as illegal as the other!!!

We can start by emailing our Legislators and Federal Law Enforcement Agencies and ask them to start enforcing the already existing laws that make this type of pornography illegal, and let them know we do not want our children to be the next victims of these sexual animal abusers and their illegal online Hard Core Pornography!!!

If you find a USA based* site online displaying Bestiality Hard Core Pornography PLEASE report it to the Regional FBI Office**, State Attorney General***, and Local Law Enforcement**** where the site owner and hosting ISP are located.

*you can visit http://www.samspade.org and run the site URL through their tools to find the location of the site owner, hosting ISP, and their uplinks.

**the contact information for the FBI Regional Offices can be found at:

http://www.fbi.gov/contact/fo/fo.htm

***the State Attorney General's information can be found on the States Official Webpage.

****many Local Law Enforcement Agencies can be found at:

http://officer.com/agencies.htm 

To learn more about this issue please visit

http://members.aol.com/~animalsav 

Below are some extracts from current Federal Laws and Cases that can be used to prosecute the owners and ISP's of these US Based Illegal Pornography Sites!

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I would like to take this opportunity to provide some information to you, and those involved who may not have been aware of these facts regarding bestiality images and the acts:

1) Bestiality is *illegal* in 24 states, Canada, UK, Australia and many countries besides, the well known "Humane Society of the US" has a fairly extensive law citation page researched by their cruelty investigators located at: http://www.hsus.org/current/state_laws.html 

2) "At least 24 states have laws prohibiting sex with animals (AR, CA, DE, GA, ID, KS, LA, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MT, NE, NY, NC, ND, OK, PA, RI, SC, UT, VA, and WI). Three of these states (DE, KS, and MT) include prohibitions against forcing someone else to commit a sexual act with an animal." " In 5 states (DE, MI, NC, SC, and VA) animal sexual abuse is a felony. Two states (MA and RI) may imprison offenders for up to 20 years. Four states (OK, MT, MS, and MD) may imprison offenders for up to 10 years. Montana may also fine an offender up to $50,000. In Louisiana, up to five years of hard labor may be imposed on a convicted offender. "

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FEDERAL LAWS

US *Federal laws* apply to bestiality related materials of *ANY kind* under the obscenity code and the Roth test for community standards, the law clearly states "interactive computers" are included as a transfer method this law covers. This was upheld in the federal courts in:

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Plaintiff-Appellee

v

ROBERT ALAN THOMAS (94-6648)

and CARLEEN THOMAS (94-6649),

Defendants-Appellants

"The computer-generated images and videotapes involved here portrayed bestiality, incest, rape, and sex scenes involving defecation, urination, and sado-masochistic abuse."

(Full Text of this case can be read at: http://www.jmls.edu/cyber/cases/thomas.html

Below you will find inclusion of both the Roth test as well as the federal codes which apply, courtesy of several sources, but especially this site which details federal laws: http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/2269/USC.html

US Code :1465 Chapter 71 Obscenity

US Code : Title 18, Section 1465

US Code as of: 01/26/98

Sec. 1465. Transportation of obscene matters for sale or distribution

Whoever knowingly transports or travels in, or uses a facility or means of, interstate or foreign commerce or an interactive computer service (as defined in section 230(e)(2) of the Communications Act of 1934) in or affecting such commerce for the purpose of sale or distribution of any obscene, lewd, lascivious, or filthy book, pamphlet, picture, film, paper, letter, writing, print, silhouette, drawing, figure, image, cast, phonograph recording, electrical transcription or other article capable of producing sound or any other matter of indecent or immoral character, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.

The transportation as aforesaid of two or more copies of any publication or two or more of any article of the character described above, or a combined total of five such publications and articles, shall create a presumption that such publications or articles are intended for sale or distribution, but such presumption shall be rebuttable.

US Code : Title 18, Section 1462

US Code as of: 01/26/98

Sec. 1462. Importation or transportation of obscene matters

Whoever brings into the United States, or any place subject to the jurisdiction thereof, or knowingly uses any express company or other common carrier or interactive computer service (as defined in section 230(e)(2) of the Communications Act of 1934), for carriage in interstate or foreign commerce -

(a) any obscene, lewd, lascivious, or filthy book, pamphlet, picture, motion-picture film, paper, letter, writing, print, or other matter of indecent character; or

(b) any obscene, lewd, lascivious, or filthy phonograph recording, electrical transcription, or other article or thing capable of producing sound; or

(c) any drug, medicine, article, or thing designed, adapted, or intended for producing abortion, or for any indecent or immoral use; or any written or printed card, letter, circular, book, pamphlet, advertisement, or notice of any kind giving information, directly or indirectly, where, how, or of whom, or by what means any of such mentioned articles, matters, or things may be obtained or made; or

Whoever knowingly takes or receives, from such express company or other common carrier or interactive computer service (as defined in section 230(e)(2) of the Communications Act of 1934) any matter or thing the carriage or importation of which is herein made unlawful

Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both, for the first such offense and shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both, for each such offense thereafter.

There is no federal law which prohibits sex between humans and animals. There are a few federal laws, however, which list bestiality, along with many other forms of sex, which are prohibited when involving children

(18 USCS@ 2256, 3509 (1994)

The Roth Test In 1957, the U.S. Supreme Court developed the Roth Test to define obscenity. The Roth Test requires that the court ask whether to the average person, applying contemporary community standards, the dominant theme of the material taken as a whole appeals to prurient interest (Roth v. United States, 354 US 476,

Since the Roth decision, the Supreme Court has added that such material must be utterly without redeeming social values.

United States Code Chapter 71; Obscenity Section Content:

1460 Possession with intent to sell, and sale, of obscene matter on Federal

property

1461 Mailing obscene or crime-inciting matter

1462 Importation or transportation of obscene matters

1463 Mailing indecent matter on wrappers or envelopes

1464 Broadcasting obscene language

1465 Transportation of obscene matters for sale or distribution

1466 Engaging in the business of selling or transferring obscene matter

1467 Criminal forfeiture

1468 Distributing obscene material by cable or subscription television

1469 Presumptions

In Armijo v. U.S., 384 F2d 694, The court ruled that portions of letters describing in detail degenerate bestiality were not merely obscene but represented hard-core pornography.

The federal code most damaging to hard core pornography (bestiality) is 18 USCS @ 1461, which prohibits obscene books as mailable. In the case U.S. v. Miller 455 F.2d 899, this statute was applied by court to find that books describing bestiality between women and a dog were unmailable.

Now remember the Roth Test...So now you know Bestiality Pornography can't be mailed, imported, transported, broadcasted, transported, sold, transferred, or distributed via cable or subscription television.

Criminal forfeiture: Code 1467 says that the courts can take any property that involved the obscenity law being broken. This could be your VCR, your car, your computer, etcetera. You forfeited them when you used them to break the law.

Presumptions: Code 1469 means that if there is any evidence that the material was made somewhere else, be it direct evidence or even circumstantial evidence, then the courts will immediately assume it was transported and therefore violated Code 1462 as well.

Source: JudithMyers@webtv.net 

http://members.tripod.com/~judymyers/index.html 

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