Bestiality Soon to Be Outlawed in Florida

Lawmakers Consider Felony Charges For Sex With Animals

By Brian Hamacher
|  Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009  |  Updated 3:00 PM EDT
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Bestiality Soon to Be Outlawed in Florida

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Florida lawmakers are trying to make it harder to violate goats and any other defenseless creature.

It looks like man and dog are going to legally remain best friends if the state of Florida has its say.

The State's Senate agriculture committee, in a long overdue measure, has voted unanimously to charge anyone who has sex with animals with a third-degree felony.

Amazingly, Florida is one of 16 states that still permits bestiality, despite the obvious harm caused to the victim - in most cases the family pet or farm animal.

"There's a tremendous correlation between sexually deviant behavior and crimes against children and crimes against animals," said Sen. Nan Rich, a Sunrise Democrat, told the Miami Herald. "This is long overdue. These are heinous crimes. And people belong in jail."

In stressing the need for such a law, Rich cited cases of bestiality including a Panhandle man who was suspected of accidentally asphyxiating a family goat during a sex act and the abuse of a horse in the Keys.

Rich predicted the bill would pass easily this year.

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