You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.

X

Welcome to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

breaking news

Clark County population continues to decline, reaches 50-year low

Sex with animals step closer to becoming illegal in Ohio


Having sexual contact with an animal is a step closer to becoming illegal in Ohio after the state Senate voted 31-0 Wednesday to strengthen Ohio law.

The bill now heads to the House.

Senate bill 195 would:

* Prohibit a person from engaging in sexual conduct with an animal and related acts;

* Provide for the seizure and impoundment of an animal that is the subject of a violation;

* Authorize a sentencing court to require an offender to undergo psychological evaluation or counseling.

Ohio is one of just a handful of states that doesn’t have an actual law outlawing bestiality on the books.

“I think this is something that is sickening and perverse and we don’t want Ohio to be the place you can come and have sex with an animal,” state Sen. Jim Hughes, R-Upper Arlington, said in an earlier interview.

The bill has gained the support of a variety of animal welfare groups, including the Humane Society of the United States.

“This is a form of animal abuse. There are animals that get severely injured in these horrific acts,” said John Goodwin, director of animal cruelty policy at the Humane Society of the United States.

In urban areas the sexually abused animals are typically dogs, while in more rural locations horses, sheep and donkeys are also abused, Goodwin said.

Places where bestiality is legal in the U.S.:

District of Columbia

Hawaii

Kentucky

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

Ohio

Texas

Vermont

West Virginia

Wyoming

Source: Human Society of the United States


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Politics

‘Crisis’ in trucking industry spurs flurry of bills
‘Crisis’ in trucking industry spurs flurry of bills

State lawmakers launched a four-part plan Wednesday to help trucking companies fill thousands of job openings. A series of bills were introduced addressing various problems that have put the industry in crisis, according to state Rep. Niraj Antani, R-Miamisburg, the author of one of the bills. Lawmakers say there aren’t enough people interested...
Could Cincinnati land a Trump hotel?
Could Cincinnati land a Trump hotel?

By Bernard Condon and David Koenig Associated Press. Cincinnati may soon be home to a Trump family hotel. Trump Hotels CEO Eric Danziger, said cities such as Cincinnati, Louisville and Milwaukee could be home to a new line of hotels called Scion, but he won’t name the developers. “The list of places Scion can go,” he said, &ldquo...
Sex with animals in Ohio officially illegal
Sex with animals in Ohio officially illegal

It is no longer legal in Ohio to have sex with animals. Ohio’s law banning bestiality went into effect Tuesday. “It’s a crime that defies explanation to the rational person,” said Mark Kumpf, director of the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center. “We’re dealing with a different species.” Previous efforts...
Clark County to charge addicts who OD and don’t seek treatment
Clark County to charge addicts who OD and don’t seek treatment

Clark County residents who overdose on opioids may face drug possession charges if they don’t seek treatment, according to a new policy from the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office. Prosecutor Andy Wilson and local law enforcement officials met last week to discuss how to combat the opioid epidemic, which has caused city and county EMS crews...
Former Clark County director says she was forced to resign
Former Clark County director says she was forced to resign

A former Clark County director says she was forced to resign after being placed on administrative leave earlier this month. Kim Deniston, the county’s Director of Information Systems since 1998, was placed on administrative leave with pay pending an investigation on March 3, according to a letter from Clark County Administrator Jenny Hutchinson...
More Stories