The Seattle Times reports:
“People mostly don’t want to discuss it. I watch my colleagues. They kind of look down when the bill is being presented,” said Sen. Nan Rich, D-Weston. “We should be adults here. It’s something that happens and it needs to be discussed and we need to fix the problem. It makes people uncomfortable, but that’s never stopped me.”
Only 16 states don’t have a law to protect animals from humans sexually assaulting them. Dee Thompson, the director of Panhandle Animal Welfare Society is one who has to deal with that fact on a monthly basis. She has had to advise staff on how to deal with cases like four goat rapes in Mossy Head, Florida. One of the animals died. The suspect was charged with stealing two goats.
“Until this case happened to us, we never dreamt there wasn’t a law against this,” Thompson said. “I guess it was one of those things that we thought was a no-brainer.”
The fear is that those who abuse animals sexually will later turn to humans for their sexual gratification.
“The act of forcing a living creature to engage in a sexual activity without the ability of consent cannot simply be viewed as a personal choice — no more than forcing a child or an impaired adult would be,” Rachel Dzuiba, a veterinarian at the Gastineau Humane Society in Juneau told the judiciary committee.
That fear has other cases backing it up. A study by Utah State University showed that 37 percent of sexually violent juvenile offenders have a history of animal sexual assault.
In Alaska a man was convicted of raping a young boy after brutally raping a dog in a local wooded area.
The Sun Times reports:
“When this incident happened, we had a community that was scared,” Klawock Mayor Don Marvin said.
The FBI has records saying the same thing. Their research shows that serial sexual homicide perpetrators that uncovered high rates of sexual assault of animals. It gets worse, twenty percent of children who sexually abuse other children also have histories of sexually abusing animals according to a report in the Journal of Forensic Psychiatry.
“Lock people up that commit these kinds of heinous crimes, otherwise you’re leaving a person out on the streets that, if they commit sexually deviant acts in one area, it’s been proven that they do in the other,” Rich said.
If the bill passes in Florida having sex with animals could be punishable by up to five years in prison. In Alaska the bill presented by State Representative Bob Lynn would bill would make the offense a class A misdemeanor that’s punishable by up to a year in jail and a US$10,000 fine.