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Florida Fails To Pass Bestiality Law 56

Posted by samzenpus
from the love-your-pets-but-don't-love-them dept.
One would think it would be easy to get lawmakers to agree that having sex with an animal should be outlawed. However, Florida lawmakers are proving just how hard it is for them to make an agreement on anything after failing to pass a proposed bestiality bill. From the article: "The inability to outlaw something so repugnant reveals how difficult it can be to get even the most carefully crafted, widely supported bill passed in the Florida Legislature. Its advocates say that in the political stew of a legislative session, the very outrageousness of the topic worked against it. Lawmakers said they did not want to be accused of wasting time addressing a rare crime when Floridians needed them to help create jobs. They also did not want to debate the icky subject in public meetings occasionally frequented by children."

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Florida Fails To Pass Bestiality Law

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  • Think of the children and NOT allow this law to be read?! We'll at lest people who are into this kind of kink can still buy American...
  • What business is it of theirs to legislate what should or shouldn’t happen between consenting adults of any species?

    • Well, I’m honestly a little bit surprised. I asked why politicians felt justified to legislate on a clear morality issue, and I got moderated troll. Maybe the moderator thought I was trying to subtly argue the slippery-slope fallacy?

    • by couchslug (175151)

      Love the sig! He's still out there somewhere, sometimes posts on Slashdot. Total freedom from self-awareness makes for a spectacle on many fora, still funny enough to become a meme.

  • Yes, it is kinda ludicrous that Florida lawmakers cannot overcome some relatively minor obstacles, and manage to pass a law that most everyone, regardless of political affiliation, would agree to. But remember, Florida was one of only 7 or 8 states that still had sodomy laws in place until Federal repeal in 2003. So if I wanted anal with my husband in our own home, we'd could be charged with a misdemeanor punishable by 6 months in jail and fined for as much as $5000, both of us, if apprehended! No, I did

    • by Locke2005 (849178)
      Wait... there are women out there that actually _want_ anal? Damn... why haven't I ever met any of them?

      Personally, I've always been confused that anal and oral are both legally referred to as "sodomy". In the interest of unambiguous communication, shouldn't their be a clear and distinct label for each and every act?
      • by RockDoctor (15477)

        Wait... there are women out there that actually _want_ anal? Damn... why haven't I ever met any of them?

        You don't go to the right sort of party.
        If you read the various serious sex science, you'll see estimates that around one in 3 or one in 4 of women enjoy being the recipient of anal sex. Which sounds around right in my experience.

        Personally, I've always been confused that anal and oral are both legally referred to as "sodomy". In the interest of unambiguous communication, shouldn't their be a clear and di

      • by Ellie K (1804464)

        It is confusing @Locke2005, re the legal defn of "sodomy". I learned a bit working in public health (I'm not an atty, but some policy training was req'd). "Sodomy" is legally equiv to oral AND anal, for same-gender as well as opposite-gender. Why is this relevant to the FL bestiality law?Because Justice Scalia AND Justice Clarence Thomas ruled to uphold the sodomy laws in 2003, but the rest of the court were in favor of repeal, which was the ruling. Scalia's concern [cornell.edu] was that if the sodomy law were overturne

  • Looks like the congresscritters really screwed the pooch [urbandictionary.com] on that one!
  • by CyberBill (526285) on Monday May 10, 2010 @11:40PM (#32165638)

    I have a question... If we already have laws that prevent animal cruelty, then why do we need a law specifically for having sex with an animal?

    If you ask me, the process of butchering millions of chickens, cows, pigs, and sheep every year is far bigger deal for those animals than the perhaps ten thousand a year that are forced to have sex with a human.

    I don't think that we should put people in jail for bestiality for the same reasons I don't think we should put people in jail for having anal sex or a scat fetish. The law should not be used to dictate morality, and no matter how icky you think something is, there is someone else who enjoys it.

    • Re: (Score:2, Troll)

      by Ekhymosis (949557)
      But it makes Baby Jebus cry, and anything that makes that twat cry is a big no no in Good Ole America (TM). People need any excuse to justify their hate, especially by the religious zombies.
      • by operagost (62405)

        So... you like bestiality, then?

        No, what this issue shows is that people are hypocrites. They'll demonize people for having different moral standards, while their own invisible line is just drawn a hair further back. Maybe 20 years from now, we'll be looking at all the people who were against bestiality as hate-mongers.

    • we already have laws that prevent animal cruelty

      I seem to remember one case where it was tried under "animal cruelty" type laws, and the basis of the defence (which I believe won) was "the sheep liked it"

      Icky. But hard to prove or disprove, really.

    • by Locke2005 (849178)
      Animals are considered property. Are you really going to feel the same way about eating that cow after finding out your neighbor has been fucking it? If it is your own animal that you are having sex with, then how is anyone else going to find out? I'd say your cow didn't consent to it, but then she probably didn't consent to being artificially inseminated just to keep her giving milk either.
  • Bestiality is probably the only way for some /.'s. Whatever floats your boat, I don't judge. Just be responsible!

    Of course shagging a sheep with a sheep-skin condom would be ... ironic?

    • by VShael (62735)

      Of course shagging a sheep with a sheep-skin condom would be ... ironic?

      Seriously? Is it really that difficult for Americans to learn/use the concept of irony?

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