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Alabama House Approves HB421 - A Bill to Outlaw Bestiality In Alabama

by: countrycat

Wed Apr 18, 2012 at 06:50:40 AM CDT

How is is possible that "bestiality" is not a crime in Alabama already?  And will this bill get jammed up in the Senate by Jabo Waggoner?  He's already sitting on the anti-cockfighting bill, but perhaps he has an extra place to stick HB421 as well.Alabama animal protection laws

The Democratic minority leader, Rep. Craig Ford, sponsored the bill, whose text is almost too creepy to believe:

(1) SEXUAL CONDUCT. Any touching or fondling by a person, either directly or through clothing, of the sex organs or anus of an animal or any transfer or transmission of semen by the person upon any part of the animal for the purpose of sexual gratification or arousal of the person.

(2) SEXUAL CONTACT. Any contact, however slight, between the mouth, sex organ, or anus of a person and the sex organ or anus of an animal, any penetration, however slight, of any part of the body of the person into the sex organ or anus of an animal, or any penetration of the sex organ or anus of the person into the mouth of the animal for the purpose of sexual gratification or sexual arousal of the person.

There are other animal protection bills pending this term:

  • Mandatory Animal Abuse Reporting (HB439), sponsored by Rep. Jack Williams, is up for a vote in the House on Thursday, 4/19.
  • The anti-cockfighting bill (SB175), sponsored by Senator Cam Ward, is being held up by Senator Jabo Waggoner - 334-242-7892   jabo.waggoner@alsenate.gov
  • Low-cost Spay/Neuter Clinic Bill (HB156), sponsored by Rep. Patricia Todd, needs a vote in the Senate.  Call/email your representative and ask for his/her vote. 

Contact info for Alabama State Senators is on the flip, courtesy of the Alabama Voters for Responsible Animal Legislation.  Visit their Facebook page for legislation status updates.

Certainly, we can't take the pressure off the legislature about cuts to education, Medicaid, health care, and other services.  But animals depend totally on us for protection.  I've had people get snippy about animal issues and say "I care about people!"

Well, so do I.  And it's been my experience that there's a direct connection between concern for animal welfare and concern for humans.  You either care about helping the vulnerable or you don't - no matter what the species.


countrycat :: Alabama House Approves HB421 - A Bill to Outlaw Bestiality In Alabama

Alabama State Senators

SENATORS:ALLEN, Gerald (R) 21 334-242-7889
BEASLEY, Billy (D) 28 334-242-7868
BEASON, Scott (R) 17 334-242-7794
BEDFORD, Roger (D) 6 334-242-7862
BLACKWELL, Slade (R) 15 334-242-7851
BREWBAKER, Dick (R) 25 334-242-7895
BROOKS, Ben (R) 35 334-242-7882
BUSSMAN, Paul (R) 4 334-242-7855
COLEMAN, Linda (D) 20 334-242-7864
DIAL, Gerald (R) 13 334-242-7874
DUNN, Priscilla (D) 19 334-242-7793
FIELDING, Jerry (D) 11 334-242-7898
FIGURES, Vivian Davis (D) 33 334-242-7871
GLOVER, Rusty (R) 34 334-242-7886
HOLLEY, Jimmy (R) 31 334-242-7845
HOLTZCLAW, Bill (R) 2 334-242-7854
IRONS, Tammy (D) 1 334-242-7888
KEAHEY, Marc (D) 22 334-242-7843
MARSH, Del (R) 12 334-242-7877
McGILL, Shadrack (R) 8 334-242-7858
ORR, Arthur (R) 3 334-242-7891
PITTMAN, Trip (R) 32 334-242-7897
REED, Greg (R) 5 334-242-7894
ROSS, Quinton T., Jr. (D) 26 334-242-7880
SANDERS, Hank (D) 23 334-242-7860
SANFORD, Paul (R) 7 334-242-7867
SCOFIELD, Clay (R) 9 334-242-7876
SINGLETON, Bobby (D) 24 334-242-7935
SMITH, Harri Anne (I) 29 334-242-7879
SMITHERMAN, Rodger (D) 18 334-242-7870
TAYLOR, Bryan (R) 30 334-242-7883
WAGGONER, J. T. "Jabo" (R) 16 334-242-7892
WARD, Cam (R) 14 334-242-7873
WHATLEY, Tom (R) 27 334-242-7865
WILLIAMS, Phil (R) 10 334-242-7857

Alabama House Member Contact Info


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LOL (4.00 / 1)

Seriously? THis is the Big Issue? Am I unknowingly living in a den of animal rapists? Does a significant portion of the population indulge in this behavior, or is it only prevalent in the legislature?

How on earth will they enforce it?  What's really going on at those chicken farms!?

A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on. -Churchill

Julie, (4.00 / 1)
They want this law to protect themselves against the humans.

[ Parent ]
Mobile County may have provided the excuse... (4.00 / 1)
Mobile Co. Man Accused of Having Sex With Horse

but I agree, there are more important issues (pardon the pun)

I've got three tools in my arsenal: my voice, my wallet, and my vote.

speechless (4.00 / 1)

well, if some perv is sneaking around raping your family pets, I guess you would NOT want to hear that he hadn't broken any laws!

God's Nightgown!


A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on. -Churchill

[ Parent ]
A good bill, but..... (4.00 / 1)

If you read the text that's included here, there's a pretty glaring injustice:  The bill is predicated upon the idea that only men have sex with animals (and act only as penetrators).  There is NOTHING in this bill that prohibits a woman from obtaining "sexual gratification" with an animal.   The bill also does nothing to prohibit situations like the man in Washington State who died after being on the receiving end of a male horse's "attention." 

I think that a man who's arrested under this statute (and wants to make a legal point) could make an argument for unjust gender discrimination.  It would be very easy to remedy this situation by eliminating all the male-specific terminology (especially the references to semen).

I didn't notice that (0.00 / 0)

but my hubby did immediately!  :-)

Perhaps that good old boys in Montgomery can't image any sort of shenanigans like that from the sweet Southern gals they hang out with.

"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."  - John Kenneth Galbraith

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