OHIO-STOP SEXUAL ABUSE OF ANIMALS
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In the past six months, there have been two reported cases of bestiality in Ohio. In October 2015, a New London man admitted to having inappropriate contact with his dogs and relatives. And in April 2016, a Warren, Ohio man was accused of having sex with his male and female dog at least 10 times over the past six years. Investigators say they were tipped off to the acts by the man’s wife, who reported him after allegedly catching him in the act several times.
These cases, along with hundreds of postings by Ohioans on a popular bestiality internet site, are further evidence that sexual abuse of animals is happening in our state and across the country. There are 39 U.S. state where bestiality is a misdemeanor or felony. In Ohio, it is shamefully legal.
Persons who commit sexual acts of abuse on helpless animals are exhibiting predator tendencies and are more likely to commit unwanted sexual acts on children and women or other violent crimes. Individuals who sexually abuse animals should be held accountable for their actions. Although some abusers may seek help on their own, most will not. The criminal justice system offers an opportunity to intervene in the life of the abuser and to protect future animal victims, as well as possible human victims.
State Senator Hughes and Senator Hottinger are primary sponsors of SB 195, a bill that would make acts of bestiality illegal under our animal cruelty laws. We thank them for their leadership on this important issue. The proposed legislation is currently being heard in the Senate Criminal Justice committee led by Chairman Eklund.
As proud residents of Ohio, we can make our state safer for everyone by signing this petition and letting Senator Eklund know you support Senate Bill 195 making bestiality illegal in Ohio.
After you’ve signed, please go one step further by contacting Senator Eklund’s office and politely ask that he “support Senate Bill 195 so that those who engage in sexual abuse of animals can be held accountable.”
Senator Eklund at Office line (614) 644-7718 or Eklund@ohiosenate.gov
Basic information on the bill
Senate Bill 195 would prohibit, punishable by a misdemeanor, the following acts:
No person shall knowingly engage in sexual conduct with an animal or knowingly possess, sell, or purchase an animal with the intent that it be subjected to sexual conduct.
No person shall knowingly organize, promote, aid, or abet in the conduct of an act involving any sexual conduct with an animal.
An officer may seize an animal that the officer has probable cause to believe is the subject of an offense.
The court may impose as a community control sanction or as a condition of probation a requirement that the offender undergo psychological evaluation or counseling.
Letter to Senator Eklund
The two recent bestiality cases that are only 6 months apart, in Ohio is further evidence that sexual abuse of animals is happening in our state and across the country. There are 39 U.S. states where bestiality is a misdemeanor or felony. In Ohio, it is shamefully legal!
Persons who commit sexual acts of abuse on helpless animals are exhibiting predator tendencies and are more likely to commit unwanted sexual acts on children and women or other violent crimes. Individuals who sexually abuse animals should be held accountable for their actions.
Please pass Senate Bill 195 and make our state safer for everyone.
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