June 24, 2016
New Hampshire bans animal sexual assault
Gov. Maggie Hassan signed H.B. 1547 into law to ban sexual assault on animals in New Hampshire. This bipartisan effort was initiated to address the disturbing and prevalent issue of animal sexual assault in the Granite State.
The law bans all sexual contact with animals, including offering an animal for this purpose. It also requires mental health counseling and registration on the sex offender registry for those convicted of this crime.
Lindsay Hamrick, New Hampshire state director for The Humane Society of the United States said: “Case after case has shown that bestiality has strong ties to pedophilia and child pornography, and the FBI has found high rates of sexual assault of animals in the backgrounds of many serial sexual homicide predators. We’re grateful the New Hampshire legislature took this important step to protect our community.”
Rep. Katherine Rogers, D-Concord, sponsored the bill, which was supported by The Humane Society of the United States, New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, New Hampshire Police Chiefs Association, New Hampshire Federation of Humane Organizations, ASPCA, Animal Welfare Institute, National Link Coalition and Animal Legal Defense Fund.
Bestiality remains legal in nine states, including Hawaii, Kentucky, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Texas, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming, and in the District of Columbia.
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