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Week of 3/13/17

Week of 3/13/17

In Minnesota, you can’t legally rape a dog, even if you work for the post office. The postal worker who was caught on surveillance camera can attest to that. Maybe when the conditions of his parole allow, he’ll relocate to Kentucky and tell us in person … while he shops for dogs on Craigslist.

Following in the footsteps of Lubbock, Amarillo recently made bestiality a Class C misdemeanor, which apparently is the most severe criminal classification the Texas city can assign to one of its statutes. This week, the Texas legislature is working on a felony bestiality bill backed by HSUS. If enacted, the new state law would lock up animal rapists for 6-24 months following a first offense. If the animal was injured in the assault, the charge could be enhanced to a second degree felony and earn a sentence of 2-20 years.

And this just in from Montpelier — a Vermont House bill would make bestiality “a crime subject to the same penalties as other animal cruelty offenses.” The same article also notes Vermonters hope to pass a bill that would require veterinarians to report suspected animal abuse. (Believe it or not, Kentucky law prohibits vets from reporting suspected abuse.)

At least Massachusetts has a fully functional bestiality law, right? Guess again. The case against an Easthampton man who recorded video of himself having sex with his dog was just dismissed in spite of the video evidence. The Hampton County District Attorney’s office chose not to move forward on the bestiality charge. The reason is probably because, as the defense argued, the Massachusetts statute on bestiality is “impermissibly vague.” And you don’t have to be a criminal attorney to recognize see how vague the statute really is:

Section 34. Whoever commits the abominable and detestable crime against nature, either with mankind or with a beast, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than twenty years.

So add Massachusetts to the list of states where animal rape is condoned by current law. Who knew?

Of course, bestiality isn’t a uniquely  American problem. Last Thursday, a report surfaced in which a man in Red Deer, Alberta is facing child sexual exploitation and animal cruelty charges. Ever notice how much exploited children and exploited animals have in common?

This one’s a few months old, but still worth mentioning. Nick Storm’s piece from January 12 on Spectrum News / CN2 included a video interview with Rebecca Eaves (The Arrow Fund) as well as a written account of an interview with Kathryn Callahan (HSUS State Director/Kentucky). Eaves and Callahan both talked about the risks current Kentucky law poses to public safety and to farmers in particular. If you haven’t seen it yet, here it is.