Bestiality: What is the Law in Victoria?

by Doogue + George Criminal Defence Lawyers

Bestiality is an offence committed when someone performs sex with a non-human animal. In legal definition, it means having an anal or vaginal sex with a non-human animal.

Examples of Bestiality

  • Someone has sex with a sheep.
  • Someone has sex with a horse.

What are some of the possible defences to a Bestiality charge?

  • There was no sexual penetration involved.
  • Another person had sex with the animal.

Questions in cases like this

  • Is there a case of mistaken identity?
  • How can they prove there was sexual penetration?

Maximum penalty and the court that deals with Bestiality

The maximum penalty for Bestiality is 5 years imprisonment. It is a charge usually heard in the Magistrate’s Court.


The section that covers this offence is section 59 of the Crimes Act 1958.

What can you be sentenced to for this charge?

Generally, having sex with animals is considered to be an offence wherein an accused needs to have psychological treatment rather than being locked up.

Have you been charged with a crime? Consult with a lawyer immediately and obtain legal advice. You may speak with an accredited criminal law specialist from Doogue + George Defence Lawyers. We provide criminal defence against summary and indictable charges in all Victorian courts.

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