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Ohio outlaws sex with animals

Ohio Statehouse
Ohio Statehouse

Gov. John Kasich signed a bill on Monday making Ohio the latest state to outlaw bestiality

Ohio has become the latest state to officially outlaw sex with animals.

Gov. John Kasich signed a bill Monday that also prohibits selling animals for sex.

The new law would:

* Prohibit a person from engaging in sexual conduct with an animal and related acts;

* Provide for the seizure and impoundment of an animal that is the subject of a violation;

* Authorize a sentencing court to require an offender to undergo psychological evaluation or counseling.

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Ohio was one of just a handful of states that didn’t have an actual law outlawing bestiality on the books.

“I think this is something that is sickening and perverse and we don’t want Ohio to be the place you can come and have sex with an animal,” state Sen. Jim Hughes, R-Upper Arlington, said in an earlier interview.

The bill has gained the support of a variety of animal welfare groups, including the Humane Society of the United States.

The law goes into effect 90 days after being signed by the governor.

Places where beastiality is legal in the U.S.:

District of Columbia

Hawaii

Kentucky

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

Texas

Vermont

West Virginia

Wyoming

Source: Human Society of the United States