Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin signed a bill outlawing "relations" between people and animals. When I say "relations", you know exactly what I am talking about...bestiality. According to the Courier Journal:

Senate Bill 67 prohibits sexual contact between a person and an animal, defining sexual contact as "any act committed between a person and an animal for the purpose of sexual arousal, sexual gratification, abuse or financial gain."

I'm just a little confused on this subject. Like you, I have a few questions regarding this:

  1. Why wasn't this already a law?
  2. Shouldn't it just be understood that you shouldn't get it on with an animal?
  3. If Kentucky just signed this into a law, is bestiality a growing problem in the state?

Apparently there were several attempts at banning bestiality in Kentucky the past, but all failed to be approved. Here's the odd thing: Kentucky is one of the last states to make it illegal.  Wyoming, New Mexico, and West Virginia all allow bestiality.

The bill makes sex crimes against an animal a Class D felony, punishable by one to five years in prison. According to the Courier Journal:

Perpetrators will be prohibited from owning animals, living in a household with animals and working or volunteering in a place where they have unsupervised access to animals for at least five years after completing their sentence.

If the violator is not the owner of the animal that was abused, the animal must be returned to its rightful owners.

The bill also makes offenders attend treatment or receive counseling.

There are so many jokes that one can make about this, but it's really not a joking matter. That's animal abuse if you ask me. I honestly was mind blown that Kentucky just now made this a law, and that three more states currently allow people to do that with animals. It gives me the heebie-jeebies just thinking about it. Is it concerning to you that it took this long to get this law passed?