In Ohio, recent restrictions may have made it more difficult to get an abortion, but bestiality is still legal in the state… and also in New Mexico, Texas, Vermont, West Virginia, Kentucky, Nevada, Wyoming, and Hawaii.
As The Guardian reports, a bill that will make bestiality illegal has passed the Ohio legislature. The bill was campaigned for by The Humane Society of the United States. In addition to making beastiality illegal, the bill will also make it illegal to sell animals for sexual purposes. The bill is sponsored by Senators Jim Hughes and Jay Hottinger, who are assisted by Leighann Lassiter, the Humane Society’s animal cruelty policy director.
The bill was sold to senators as a means by which they could further prevent child abuse. Lassiter argued that a connection sometimes exists between those who abuse animals and those who abuse children.
“This legislation will give law enforcement and prosecutors the ability to identify potentially dangerous sexual predators who may also be abusing children in their community,” Lassiter said.
It seems like this is a big problem in the state of Ohio:
“There are people out there who train animals for sex,” she said. “You can give them your dog and they will train your dog to have sex with a human and send it back to you. And they get paid for it.
“It is a very, very seedy world when it comes to animal sexual abuse and it is extremely common.”
States where bestiality is illegal do have animal cruelty laws, Lassiter said, but these are often inadequate when it comes to people sexually abusing animals. A person sexually abusing an animal might only be prosecuted if the animal is injured, while livestock or wild animals may be exempt from existing law.
“We’ve got cases of people grabbing birds and having sex with birds. And killing the birds. It is really really disturbing,” Lassiter said.
Once Governor John Kasich receives the bill, he will have 10 days to either sign the bill into law or veto.