The Vanvres Bestiality Trial of 1750,
In the town of Vanvres, France a man named Mr. Jacques Feron was caught in the act of copulation with a “she ass”, a crime under French Law which was punishable by death. However, under French bestiality law both the human and the animal were to be punished, the animal being guilty for acts of seduction. Both Feron and the donkey were charged and held trial for bestiality, and both were found guilty and sentenced to die.
For the local people of Vanvres, the law which condemned the donkey to die was unjust and a travesty. With the help of a local priest, the people of Vanvres banded together, signing a petition attesting to the good character of the donkey stating, “that she had always shown herself to be virtuous and well-behaved both at home and abroad and had never given occasion of scandal to anyone…”.
At the last minute, the donkey was granted a reprieve and spared from execution. Jacques Feron was hanged by the neck until dead.