Florida Passes Bestiality Law

Sex with animals officially illegal in Sunshine State

By Brian Hamacher
|  Wednesday, Apr 29, 2009  |  Updated 12:56 AM CDT
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Florida Passes Bestiality Law

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Relax little goat, you're safe. The much-discussed bestiality bill which makes it illegal to have sex with animals finally passed in Florida today.

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The much-discussed bestiality bill which makes it illegal to have sex with animals finally passed in Florida today.

The state Senate voted 38-0 to pass the law, a pet project of Sen. Nan Rich, a Sunrise Democrat, who couldn't believe Florida allowed man-beast love.

"This is long overdue," Nan said in March. "These are heinous crimes. And people belong in jail."

The new law makes it a third-degree felony to engage in bestiality. The bill passed with no discussion or debate, according to the Sun-Sentinel.

Florida had been one of 16 states without laws against having sex with animals.

In pushing for the 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.

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