Florida passes bestiality bill; awaits Gov's signature
A long-standing issue regarding the potential legality of bestiality in Florida is expected to be put to ease soon with the governor's signature.
Animal abuse cases have been known in Florida; many may have seen a story where a blind man named Alan Yoder, known as Jayren in the furry fandom, admitted performing sex acts with his guide dog — although in that case, the lack of a specific law did not prevent him being charged with felony animal cruelty.
Senate Bill 344 (full text), which makes acts of bestiality a first class misdemeanor, passed the House Wednesday at 115-0 and awaits Governor Rick Scott's signature before becoming law. If signed, it becomes effective October 1. The Senate bill previously passed on a vote of 38-0.
Update (May 7): Noted the identity of the man sparking the case, provided by rodox_video.
31 U.S. states currently ban bestiality. It had been outlawed in Florida before, but in 1971 a Florida Supreme Court decision (Franklin v. State, 257 So.2d 21) struck down a 1868 law banning "unnatural" sexual acts using language such as "abominable and detestable":
We do not, of course, here sanction historically forbidden sexual acts, homosexuality or bestiality. We only say that in this, as in any other conduct which is made a crime by statute, the forbidden conduct must be stated in terms which meet the constitutional test, i.e., that it is understood by the average man of common intelligence.
Last year the bestiality bill failed to pass, even though such a bill has been pushed for years in an attempt to stop animal abuse.