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Top 10: Animals on trial

Acquitted donkeys, murderous pigs and a bear, with a criminal taste for honey,these all found themselves on the wrong side of the law
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ACQUITTED

CRIME: A donkey is caught fornicating with a man

SENTENCE: The man, Jacques Ferron, was burned alive

When Frenchman Jacques Ferron was caught copulating with a female donkey in Vanves, France, in 1750, the subsequent trial drew much attention. The parish priest was one of many character witnesses for the popular she-ass, calling her “a most honest creature”. The court judged that the donkey “had not participated in her master’s crime of her own free will”,, but Ferron was not so lucky. He was burned to death.

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