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Ohio lawmakers took a big step on Wednesday toward banning bestiality in the state as the Ohio's Senate voted 31-0 in favor of a bill criminalizing sex with animals.
Ohio is among a group of roughly a dozen states that does not have a law prohibiting bestiality. If Senate Bill 195 passes through Ohio's GOP-held House, and is signed by the state's Gov. John Kasich, Ohio will join 39 states that have laws prohibiting sex with animals.
Prohibits a person from knowingly: (1) engaging in, organizing, promoting, aiding, or abetting specified sex-related activities with an animal, or (2) possessing, selling, or purchasing an animal with the intent that it be subjected to those activities.
Authorizes the seizure and impoundment of an animal that is the subject of a violation, or attempted violation, of either prohibition.
Authorizes a court sentencing an offender for a violation of either prohibition to order the forfeiture of the animal or require the offender to undergo psychological evaluation or counseling.
A person who violates the law could be charged with a second-degree misdemeanor. The crime would come with up to three months of jail time and a $750 fine.