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What is Bestiality?


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Definition: Bestiality, which is also known as zoophilia, is a sexual act between a human and a nonhuman animal. The United States has no federal laws on bestiality, although the practice is illegal in some states.
Pronunciation: bes-chee-AL-i-tee or bees-chee-AL-i-tee
Also Known As: zoophilia
Common Misspellings: beastiality
While some people object to bestiality as demeaning to human beings, animal rights activists object to bestiality because of the abuse of the non-human animals.
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