Bestiality Must Be Outlawed
Bestiality makes us very uncomfortable. It is too hard to talk about, even with our families. It involves the unspeakable. It is one of our last taboos, boiling beneath the surface of our well-ordered communities.
But it is an outlier of deviant behavior so extreme that it must be banned. It is a marker of a seriously disturbed mind. It is clear sign of a combustible danger, hidden from our immediate view.
Animals are the perfect victims. They are easy to restrain and control … and they can never tell. Animal casualties are often reported first by animal control or neighbors. A dog’s whimpering or a cat’s frenzy may finally attract the attention of a nearby-resident.
But there may be less visible victims, tyrannized, in a nearby house of suffering. The children, the partners, the elderly, the handicapped – they may also be ensnared in an endless web of fear and pain.
Children and animals often appear together as easy victims of prey. For example, when law enforcement agencies confiscate the computers of trolls of child pornography, there is generally a trove of bestiality photos and videos also stored on those, same devices.
The FBI recognizes the importance of sexual animal abuse as an strong indicator of human crimes. In January of 2016, the FBI began, for the first time, to require the 18,000, local and state, law enforcement agencies to report animal cruelty in a stand-alone category, “crimes against society”.
Bestiality is a warped, vile act. It can be a powerful precursor of sexual homicide predators. It is also practiced by violent criminals, sex offenders, and the sexually abused.
Bestiality has health risks too. Animals can carry and transmit human, sexual diseases, bacterial or parasitic infections, as well as cancer-causing viruses.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
SB 195, “Bestiality”, has a hearing for all testimony on November 30, 2016. Please call the leadership of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee in support of SB 195.
Sen John Eklund, chair (614) 644-7718 email@example.com
Sen Jim Hughes, vice-chair (614) 466-5981 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen Cecil Thomas, ranking minority member (614) 466-5980 email@example.com
Sample script follows. Please tweak it a bit. Your original words make a larger impact in Columbus. Also, calls are count for more because they require an aide to fully listen. E-mails can be quickly scanned. – However, if you only have time for e-mails, thank you for your work!
“Good morning, Chair Eklund. This is (your name) from (your city). I strongly encourage you to move SB 195, “Bestiality”, to a vote and then VOTE YES. Bestiality remains legal in about a dozen states, including Ohio. Bestiality is a twisted, violent act, well connected to other predatory acts and highly correlated to pedophilia. It is well documented that the seized computers of pedophillacs generally contain both child sexual victims and animal sexual victims.
“Bestiality must be outlawed and then prosecuted to its fullest. The successful prosecution of bestiality will save a lifetime of heartache and expenses for those children and their families who also fall prey to the same sinister individuals.
“Again, I encourage you to bring SB 195, “Bestiailty”, to a vote and then to VOTE YES to protect our communities, our children, and our animals from sexual violence.”
A landmark bill, HR 2293, the PACT Act (Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture) is the first ever, federal bill aimed at prosecuting intentional animal cruelty. The PACT Act gives the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Attorneys the authority to investigate and to prosecute animal cruelty cases. While individual states across the nation have their own animal cruelty statutes, this federal bill grants an even wider reach into areas where individual states’ laws do not reach.
https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/2293 (Read the bill here.)
Sponsor: Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX)
Cosponsors: Reps. Trent Franks (AZ), Raul Grijalva (AZ), Martha McSally (AZ), Julia Brownley (CA), Ken Calvert (CA), Tony Cardenas (CA), Judy Chu (CA), Susan Davis (CA), Sam Farr (CA), Grace Napolitano (CA), Scott Peters (CA), Adam Schiff (CA), Eric Swalwell (CA), Mark Takano (CA), David G. Valadao (CA), Mike Coffman (CO), Rosa L. DeLauro (CT), Elizabeth H. Esty (CT), Theodore Deutch (FL), Lois Frankel (FL), Alcee L. Hastings (FL), Vern Buchanan (FL),Carlos Curbelo (FL), Frederica S. Wilson (FL), Austin Scott (GA), Dold, Robert Dold (IL), Mike Quigly (IL), Peter J. Visclosky (IN), Michael E. Capuano (MA), Stephen Lynch (MA), James McGovern (MA), Chris Van Hollen (MD), John Sarbanes (MD), Chellie Pingree (ME), Keith Ellison (MN), Rodney P. Frelinghuysen (NJ), Donald Norcross (NJ), Eliot L Engel (NY), John Katko (NY), Frank LoBiondo (NJ), Albio Sires (NJ), Joseph Heck (NV), Dina Titus (NV), Nita M. Lowey (NY), Jerrold Nadler (NY), Louise McIntosh Slaughter (NY), David Price (NC), Joyce Beatty (OH), Steve Chabot (OH), Steve Stivers (OH), Michael Turner (OH), Earl Blumenauer (OR), Suzanne Bonamici (OR), Mike Kelly (PA), Brendan F. Boyle (PA), Matt Cartwright (PA), Michael G. Fitzpatrick (PA), Tom Marino (PA), Patrick Meehan (PA), David N. Cicilline (RI), Steve Cohen (TN), Beto O’Rourke (TX), Barbara Comstock (VA), Gerald E. Connolly (VA), Peter Welch (VT), Derek Kilmer (WA), Adam Smith (WA), Gwen Moore (WI), Mark Pocan (WI)
WHAT YOU CAN DO
First, locate your federal representative.
http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/ (Find your US representative here by typing in your zip code in the box.)
Second, if your federal representative is not listed as a cosponsor above, call him to ask him if he will cosponsor this bill. You might say, “Good morning, Representative ________. I am _ (your name)__ from __(your city)__, __(your state)__ . I am one of your constituents. I am calling today to ask you to cosponsor HR 2293, the PACT Act. This important federal bill allows the FBI and the U.S. Attorneys to investigate and to prosecute intentional, animal cruelty.
“This is particularly important in today’s culture of violence because of the powerful connections between interpersonal violence, animal cruelty, and some, mental illness. Where there is animal cruelty, we all are at risk.”
If your federal representative is listed, please call him thanking him for sponsoring HR 2693.
You might say, “Dear Representative _______. I am _(your name)__ from __(your city)__, __(your state)_. I am one of your constituents. I am calling to thank you for cosponsoring HR 2293, the PACT Act.
“As you know, because of the powerful connections between interpersonal violence, animal cruelty, and some mental illness, where there is animal abuse, we are all at risk.”