Governor Edwards signs anti-bestiality law
Posted on 5/31/2018 12:29:00 PM.

An anti-bestiality law has been signed by Governor Edwards despite initial pushback by supporters of Louisiana’s unconstitutional anti-sodomy law. Louisiana State Director of the Humane Society of the United States, Julia Breaux Melancon, was surprised by the early objections to the legislation. She says the new law will strengthen prohibitions on bestiality and animal cruelty.

“The penalties are now matched with other forms of other forms of animal cruelty in the state. The offenders are mandated to attend sexual abuse therapy. It is the same as what you would attend if you were convicted of child pedophilia.”

Melancon says much of the controversy came from misinformation of the bill’s goal…

“The opposition told them that the bill would make sodomy legal, which is completely untrue. It had nothing to do with sodomy which is already legal, it was determined by the United States Supreme Court in 2003.”

Melancon is hopeful about the new legislation and says the House Committee sought an additional perk to the law…  

“The people would have to register as sex offenders, which not a lot of states have, but we are really happy about that.”

Anti-bestiality, Governor John Bel Edwards, Humane Society of the United States

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