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Lawmaker revives bill making bestiality a felony

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Republican legislator is re-introducing a bill to make bestiality a felony.

Sen. Andre Jacque sent a memo to his colleagues on Tuesday seeking other sponsors of his legislation. He had introduced the same bill during the last legislative session, when he was a state representative, in response to a case involving a Town of Eaton man convicted of molesting a horse. The Assembly passed the measure but it died in the Senate.

Under current state law, having sex with an animal is a misdemeanor. Jacque’s bill would make bestiality, distributing materials depicting sex with an animal and harboring or providing an animal for sex felonies punishable by as many as six years in prison.

Anyone convicted of bestiality would have to be registered as a sex offender.

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