I’ve just been reading the latest newsletter from the Consenting Adult Action Network (CAAN).  You can contact CAAN and request being added to the newsletter circulation list here.  Interestingly, they reveal details of the the number of people the CPS has charged (and reaching first hearing) under the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act ‘extreme porn’ provisions and the number of convictions (according to the Ministry of Justice).

It’s worth remembering the following:

S63(7)(a): “life threatening” images
S63(7)(b): “serious injury to breasts, anus or genitals”
S63(7)(c): necrophilia
S63(7)(d): bestiality

                    2008/9 
       2009/10 
          2010/11 
            2011/12 
S63(7)(a): 
38 
40 
S63(7)(b): 
52 
132 
102 
S63(7)(c): 
S63(7)(d): 
213 
995 
1171 
Total 
270 
1165 
1319 
The updated MoJ data on convictions: – 
                      2010 
      2011 
S63(7)(a): 
S63(7)(b): 
11 
S63(7)(c): 
S63(7)(d): 
48 
67 
Total 
57 
81 

Apologies for the less than perfect formatting!  Anyway, the figures are rather mind-blowing.  Quite what happened in 2010/11 regarding bestiality porn is a bit of a mystery but 2011/12 suggests it wasn’t a one off.  Far from being a law that is about protecting women, as was originally envisaged, this has clearly become the doggy porn legislation (and horses, pigs, impressively sized eels and so on).  We might snicker about animal porn, but for rather a lot of people, it’s leading to life-changing legal actions, and also involving significant CPS and justice resources.

In fact, such is the extent of prosecutions, you do wonder why the legal profession isn’t lobbying for the law of bestiality to be a required element of the law degree.

Justified or not, this is an interesting example of a rather new law being deployed to deal with a rather different problem to what the main ‘thrust’ of the law originally was intended to be.  One to keep an eye on.  

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