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My Darling Beloved ([livejournal.com profile] darth_hamster) has asked me a question.

Me: Hmmm... I'll have to check. Pass me that really thick dark blue book called Blackstone's, will you?

(Riffle of pages)

Me: Well, section 69(1)(b) of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 makes bestiality an offence, but only with a living animal. And section 70(1)(b) criminalises necrophilia, but only with a dead person.

DH: So if Fred shoots his horse then has sex with it...?

Me: ...He hasn't, on the face of it, actually broken the law...

It was so much simpler when friends and family asked about root-undermined fences, or copyright in old photographs.

Addendum: As I went on to explain, necrophiliac bestiality (bestial necrophilia?) would, if done it public, almost certainly lead to a conviction for the handy all-purpose common-law offence of outraging public decency (which I've wittered on about before.) And of course there's the legality of shooting the horse, although having looked up the law on animal welfare my understanding is that it's only an offence to cause suffering to an animal you own; killing it quickly and humanely is not against the law.

Date: 2010-12-26 11:50 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] feorag.livejournal.com
Isn't it just playing with your food?

Date: 2010-12-26 12:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] burntcopper.livejournal.com
can't you get them on hygiene laws too?

Date: 2010-12-26 12:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ffutures.livejournal.com
I'd love to know what led up to that conversation...

WINDING UP A CLANGER

Date: 2010-12-26 03:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] attimes-bracing.livejournal.com
I have a love of watching clanger's face morph into various expressions. But if the question contains anything scientific or legal watching him spring to the books with a gleeful expression is very entertaining.

Date: 2010-12-26 01:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] altariel.livejournal.com
Phew, a weight off my mind.

Date: 2010-12-26 01:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] major-clanger.livejournal.com
Is there something you wish to share with us?

You know, there's just time to make a minor amendment to your author bio for The Unsilent Library if you want to add any, ahem, hobbies...

Date: 2010-12-26 04:20 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] hairyears.livejournal.com
As Christmas conversations go, that's something of a collector's item.

Date: 2010-12-27 03:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] whotheheckami.livejournal.com
Surely this is floggin a dead horse? ;@)

Date: 2010-12-28 01:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] surliminal.livejournal.com
If you videoed it all, would it be exteme porn? I am reminded of the best comment ever when that came in, that it had finally made it illegal to flog a dead horse..

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