After the article written about Janey, the poor innocent dog who had been sexually abused for her entire life, there were numerous questions about how this could possibly be legal in the United States.
Sadly, in 17 states bestiality/zoophilia is still legal. This includes Guam and American Samoa. The other states where it's legal are Alabama, Connecticut, Hawaii, Kentucky, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming and the District of Columbia. That's a sad commentary about our country where this type of atrocity is allowed to go on with virtually no legal ramifications.
In those states where it's still legal, the only consideration that's given is if someone is charged with animal cruelty for something else, and the prosecutors choose to add it to the list, but since there's no actual legal language on the books, that rarely happens.
It was only this year in May that Florida added a law to the books, banning this horror. But there is still much work to be done to make changes across the nation.
Recently a group of people tried to get a petition circulating demanding a Federal law in favor of zoophilia. Thankfully, the outcry from animal advocates and others caused the petition to be withdrawn. But it's certain it won't be the last time someone tries it.
Why you ask? Because proponents of this disgusting practice believe there's nothing wrong with it. Many feel they have a "love affair" with their animals, and the animals actually like it. How on earth they come to this conclusion is beyond comprehension. These are helpless animals, not made for sexual encounters with humans and for whom there is usually intense pain and many times internal damage.
If you read the story about Janey or about Charity and her sisters, Hope and Faith, 3 pit bull puppies who were turned over to a rescue and found to have been repeatedly raped even though they were just weeks old, you can see the kind of emotional and physical damage this horrendous practice causes. Charity didn't survive from the internal injuries she endured. Her sisters have had a slow recovery, both physically and emotionally. Looking into those innocent faces speaks volumes about just how wrong and horrible this practice is.
There is a petition for Charity's Law at Care2, asking that bestiality be made a felony in North Carolina, the state where Charity and her sisters were hurt so badly.
There are currently two petitions at Change.org. One is demanding a Federal law to ban this practice. The other is to ban the videos of it, known as bestiality pornography. Please add your voice to these two very important issues.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund is working closely with state representatives to try and change these laws at the state level. If you live in one of the states where this practice is still legal, I would urge you to find out if any petitions or proposed legislation has been started to change it. If not, please consider taking up the cause and helping to make those changes in your states.
Unless and until this nightmare is outlawed across the country and at the Federal level, animals like Janey, Charity, Hope and Faith will continue to suffer and die without anything being done to the monsters who did it to them.
We simply must speak up for these innocent beings and be the voice they so desperately need. It's not enough to help them once the damage is done, but we need to work to put laws into place that will discourage people from even thinking of doing it to an innocent and helpless animal.
Bless all of the hearts who care about the animals.
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