Chapter 21 of the Texas Penal Code sets restrictions and guidelines regarding sexually based offenses in the state of Texas.
“Bestiality”, as per § 21.09 of the Texas Penal Code, occurs when a person knowingly:
- Engages in an act involving contact between:
- The person’s mouth, anus, or genitals and the anus or genitals of the animal
- The person’s anus or genitals and the mouth of the animal.
- fondles or touches the anus or genitals of an animal in a manner that is not a generally accepted and otherwise lawful animal husbandry or veterinary practice, including touching through clothing
- causes an animal to contact the seminal fluid of the person
- inserts any part of a person's body or any object into the anus or genitals of an animal in a manner that is not a generally accepted and otherwise lawful animal husbandry or veterinary practice
- possesses, sells, transfers, purchases, or otherwise obtains an animal with the intent that the animal be used for conduct previously described
- organizes, promotes, conducts, or participates as an observer of conduct previously described
- causes a person to engage or aids a person in engaging in conduct previously described
- permits conduct previously described
- advertises, offers, or accepts the offer of an animal with the intent that the animal be used in this state for conduct previously described
Bestiality is a state jail felony and carries a punishment of confinement in a state jail for a period ranging from 180 days to 2 years, as well as a fine of up to $10,000. If the offense is committed in the presence of a child younger than the age of 18, it becomes a second degree felony and is punishable by a term of imprisonment ranging from 2-20 years, as well as a fine of up to $10,000.
State Jail Felony
- Confinement in a state jail for not more than two years and not less than 180 days
- In addition to confinement, may receive a fine not to exceed $10,000
Second Degree Felony
- Imprisonment in the institutional division for not more than 20 years or less than two years
- In addition to imprisonment, may receive a fine not to exceed $10,000