Editorial: It needs to be a crime — State Legislature is right to address animal cruelty
by The Anniston Star Editorial Board
Jan 31, 2014 | 2224 views |  0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As soon as Montgomery reporters sent word this week that the state Legislature had moved a step closer to making beastiality a crime in Alabama, the snickering began.

As you’d expect, questions followed. A few of them are printable. How is it that Bible Belt Alabama, a state that is quick to define and declare deviancy and equally quick to outlaw what it decides is unacceptable, could be one of 14 states and the District of Columbia where sexual contact with animals is not a crime? (And how can it be that it is still legal in 14 states and D.C.?)

And, most important, how can it be that the Senate would spend time on this matter given the state’s expansive list of serious problems?

In this instance, give the Senate and the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Tom Whatley, R-Auburn, credit for quickly passing a bestiality criminalization bill without debate and with only one dissenting vote. (In truth, no one in the Senate voted against the bill. Sen. Hank Sanders was originally recorded as a no vote, but he has since said he didn’t mean to.)

Now the bill goes to the House where we expect it will pass swiftly, the governor will sign it and bestiality will be legal in only 13 states and D.C.

This act is, plain and simple, animal abuse. The thought is repulsive and the punishment for it should be no less than the punishment for other forms of cruelty to animals such as dog-fighting, cock-fighting and severe negligence. Whatley’s bill, if it becomes law, would make the act a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.

So quit snickering and telling those jokes. This is serious legislation and it should become law.
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