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Legislation Would Make Bestiality Acts a Felony
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 10/10/2019

Lawmakers are finally moving forward with a bill that would make sexual contact with an animal a felony in the state of Wisconsin. This week, the State Senate approved SB139, which allows the state to charge anyone who commit acts of bestiality with a Class H felony. The same would apply if anyone forces a child to engage with sexual contact with an animal.

The measure was re-introduced earlier this year by Sen. Andre Jacque. The De Pere Republican has been trying over the past couple of years to create harsher penalties for people caught mistreating animals in a sexual manner.

"A study of 44,000 adult sex offenders found that prior sexual abuse of animals is the number one behavioral predictor for sexual abuse of a child, and individuals who sexually abuse animals are very frequently violent, predatory sex offenders who share many common traits with pedophiles," Jacque said.

The original bill was prompted after an eastern Wisconsin man was charged multiple times with sexually assaulting a horse.

The bill will now be taken up by the Assembly before advancing to Gov. Tony Evers for his signature.

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