MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Assembly has approved a bill that would increase penalties for having sex with an animal.
The Assembly passed the bipartisan bill on Thursday on a voice vote. It next goes to the Senate.
The measure would make sex with an animal a felony punishable by up to six years in prison. The crime is now a misdemeanor. The bill also would increase penalties for repeat offenses.
The bill’s author, Republican state Rep. Andre Jacque, says his proposal comes in response to a case involving a Town of Eaton man who faces misdemeanor animal abuse charges for allegedly sexually assaulting a horse.
Animal-rights groups and police agencies support the bill.