The Louisiana state senate approved a bill banning having sex with animals by a 25 to 10 vote. The bill now goes to the House of Representatives, and will make sexual abuse to an animal illegal, require the animal to be seized from its abuser and ban anyone convicted from ever owning any pets in the future.
According to the Morning Bulletin, a previous law which included “crimes against nature” that included bestiality had been ruled unconstitutional in 2003 by the Supreme Court because it included anal sex between consenting adults. The new bill, SB236, as sponsored by Senator Morrell, states any person who engages in
“sexual contact with an animal” or knowingly participates in an animal being sexually abused, will be charged.
Before the vote, Senator Morrell stated:
“God forbid you vote against this bill; good luck explaining it.”
SB236 is the same law that is “currently on the books” Senator Morrell explained, “but without unconstitutional language defining some consensual human sex acts as crimes against nature. This bill is meant to separate bestiality and sex with animals and make it easier to prosecute animal cruelty sexual offenders.
The ten nay votes came from Republican senators – John Alario, Brett Allain, Dan Claitor, Jack Donahue, Jim Fannin, Ryan Gatti, Gerald Long, Beth Mizell, Jonathan Perry and Neil Riser. The president of the Louisiana Family Forum, Gene Mills, stated there was no need for another law on the books:
“We believe (current) Louisiana law is instructional in nature and is written to reflect the values of the citizens of the state. The last thing we need is another law on the books.”
Read a previous disturbing story about animal cruelty.
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