MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Senate has approved a bill that would make bestiality a felony.
Sex with an animal is a misdemeanor under current law. The bill would establish a new crime punishable by as many as 12½ years in prison. Sentences would vary depending on circumstances, such as whether an animal dies and whether a child is present or coerced into sex with an animal. Convicts would have to register as sex offenders.
The author of the legislation, Republican Sen. Andre Jacque, introduced the same proposal during the last legislative session after a town of Eaton man was convicted of molesting a horse. The Assembly passed the bill but it died in the Senate.
This time around, the Senate approved the bill on a voice vote on Tuesday with no debate.