The Louisiana state senate passed a bill yesterday to outlaw bestiality. The proposed law would separate the offense from the state’s sodomy law that was ruled unconstitutional in 2003.
Ten Republican legislators voted against it.
That’s right, those ten think anal and oral sex (known in Louisiana law as “crimes against nature”) should be illegal, but screwing a goat is a-okay.
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New Orleans Senator JP Morrell told his colleagues, “God forbid you vote against this bill, good luck explaining it.”
Since the “crimes against nature” law includes both bestiality and sodomy, neither law is enforceable. Morrell’s bill would separate bestiality into its own law to ensure arrest for the crime. The law would make it illegal to have sex with an animal or facilitate the exchange of an animal for a sex act.
“As you know, you can find anything on the internet,” Morrell said. “Part of what has developed is a huge market for the trafficking of animals for sex acts.”
But the bill included the line, “Anal sexual intercourse between two human beings shall not be deemed as a crime.” An amendment to the bill that would have struck down the unenforceable “crimes against nature” law failed.
The bill now heads to the state House of Representatives for passage.