Target: John Boehner, Speaker of the House of Representatives
Goal: Make bestiality and the filming of any sexual act with animals a felony nationwide
There are still 13 states in which the practice of bestiality remains legal. In nearly all 50 states filming acts of zoophilia remains entirely legal. It is unacceptable that the United States has passed federal laws making animal cruelty a felony, but has yet to consider the sexual assault of an animal a federal crime. Bestiality must be made a felony in all 50 states.
There is only one federal law pertaining to bestiality in the United States, which applies only to zoophilic pornography. It prohibits distribution in interstate commerce because laws are regulated state-by-state and not on a federal level. The federal government continues to ignore such heinous acts and zoophilia groups continue to defend their lifestyle, saying that the animals are not being harmed and that they are okay with it. Just as with humans, however, if a participant of a sexual act is not capable of saying “no” to a pursuer, it is a violent crime.
There is a comparison to be made to California’s recent “Yes Means Yes” law, which requires sexual acts on college campuses to take place under affirmative consent. “Lack of protest or resistance does not mean consent,” the law states, “nor does silence mean consent. Affirmative consent must be ongoing throughout a sexual activity and can be revoked at any time.” The violation of this agreement is considered sexual assault, as is supported by most state and federal laws. Why is this not the case for animals? A violent crime is a violent crime.
Please sign the petition below and demand that the United States federal government give animals the protection they deserve and keep animals safe from sexual assault by making bestiality a felony in all 50 states.
Dear Speaker Boehner,
The United States has yet to pass a federal law making bestiality a crime. With animal cruelty now a felony in all 50 states, how is it that such an egregious act as the sexual assault of an animal has yet to be considered a crime at all at the federal level? Most of Europe and other countries throughout the world have long condemned this practice, and with serious consequences for offenders.
Please pass legislation to keep animals safe from sexual assault by making bestiality, including the filming and distribution of zoophilic acts, a felony in all 50 states.
[Your Name Here]
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