Target: Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney, Jon Tunheim
Goal: Start charging and prosecuting bestiality crimes.
James Evans, a man with a violent criminal history, was charged with animal cruelty after investigators tied him to the hanging of a therapy dog named Diamond who belonged to an 8-year-old child. Necropsy results also showed severe trauma to the dog’s rectum. Despite the horrific crime, James Evans wasn’t charged with bestiality, and he’s being allowed to post bail. Washington state had the highest reported cases of bestiality in 2010. It’s clear they don’t take bestiality seriously or it would’ve been included in this man’s charges, and they would actually prosecute those guilty of it.
Bestiality is an incredibly ignored crime, as also seems to be the case here. Since animal cruelty charges don’t often result in serious consequences, it’s possible that Diamond and her 8-year-old owner won’t get the justice they deserve. If there’s no true punishment for this disturbing crime against an innocent animal, nothing will stop the perpetrator from doing it again. Demand that all bestiality crimes be prosecuted in Washington, included those alleged in this case.
Dear Mr. Tunheim,
An emotional support dog named Diamond, belonging to an 8-year-old child was reportedly raped and hanged. A man with a violent history was charged only with animal cruelty for killing the dog but wasn’t charged with bestiality despite the severe rectal trauma found on the animal. Animal cruelty charges don’t often result in any actual punishment, so people who commit these types of crimes will remain a danger to society. In 2010, Washington state had the highest bestiality rates, so it’s clearly a real problem that isn’t being dealt with properly. Why should raping an animal not be worthy of charges and prosecution?
The perpetrator of this crime is a risk to society, yet the suspect is allowed to post bail and avoid bestiality charges for allegedly raping Diamond. We demand that bestiality be added to his charges and treated like the serious crime it is.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Thurston County Sheriff’s Department