Is it legal to possess pornography containing bestiality?

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No, possessing pornography containing bestiality is not legal. It is a criminal offence in New Zealand.

The Films Videos and Publications Classification Act 1993 states that it is illegal to possess what are known as "objectionable publications". In this case, bestiality pornography would be classified as objectionable.

Possession of this material, even without knowledge of doing so, can attract a fine of up to $2,000. Possession with knowledge is a more serious offence, attracting a maximum penalty of up to 5 years in prison or a $50,000 fine.

This link contains information about getting help for internet pornography addiction: www.acts.co.nz. Some community services which provide problem gambling help will also help people with other behavioural addictions.

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