Question from J, Is it illegal to view bestiality online in the UK?
Answer from AI:
In the United Kingdom, the law is quite clear on the issue of bestiality, or sexual activity involving animals. The Sexual Offences Act 2003 makes it a criminal offence to engage in sexual activity with an animal. However, the question here is about viewing such content online, not participating in the act itself.
Legality of Viewing Obscene Material Online
Under the UK law, specifically the Obscene Publications Act 1959 and the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008, it is illegal to possess, distribute, or publish obscene material. This includes bestiality. The law does not distinguish between viewing such material online or offline.
Therefore, viewing bestiality online, even if it’s on a Google website, is considered illegal in the UK.
Consequences of Viewing Illegal Material
The consequences of viewing such material can be severe. If found guilty, a person can face:
- Being placed on the sex offenders register
Reporting Obscene Material
If you come across such material online, it is recommended that you report it to the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), which works to remove child sexual abuse imagery and other obscene material online. You can make a report on the IWF website.
If you have been accused of viewing illegal material online, it is crucial to seek legal advice immediately. A legal professional can provide guidance based on your specific circumstances.
Remember, this information is a general guide and not a substitute for professional legal advice. Laws can change, and each case is unique. Always consult with a legal professional for personalized advice.