Advocates urge legislature to protect all animals from sexual abuse; make connection to pedophilia

01/12/2017 12:50 PM

Last week freshman Rep. Wesley Morgan, R-Richmond, introduced legislation which would ban sex with cats and dogs, but the bill stopped short by not including protections for other animals.

Morgan proposed House Bill 143 during the General Assembly’s first week in Frankfort.

Kentucky is one of only eight states in the nation without a bestiality law on the books, and advocates say it’s not only imperative to protect pets, but all animals from sexual abuse.

Sexual abuse of animals is occurring in the commonwealth advocates say, and there’s a real connection between those who abuse animals and those who rape and abuse children and adults.

Rebecca Eaves is the founder of Arrow Fund, a non-profit, that rescues pets and focuses on animal cruelty cases. Eaves thanked Morgan for bringing the bill, but wanted to make sure that other animals, which are being abused in the state, also receive protections.

“Kentucky needs this law,” Eaves said. “But we really feel that this bill should include all animals. Forty-one, now 42 states, with Ohio have bills that are against sexual relations and sexual assault, also known as bestiality, and they all include all animals.”

“I do not know why the state of Kentucky would want a bill to protect just dogs and cats,” she continued.

Eaves is not the only animal advocate urging further protections under the law. Kentucky Director of the Human Society of the United States, Kathryn Callahan, said her group was “grateful” to Rep. Morgan for taking up the issue, but farm animals were also at risk.

“Farm animals are among the most victimized when it comes to animal sexual abuse, and it also hurts farmers to try protect animals from predators to secretly gain entrance to their property for such purposes,” Callahan said. “Even though the current bill is limited to cats and dogs it still leaves out some of the most important aspects, including trafficking in animals for the purpose of sexual abuse.”

Those engaging in sex with animals is a “risk to public safety,” Callahan said pointing to data which shows 40 percent of pedophiles and human sexual offenders also sexually abuse animals.

By drafting a comprehensive bill for Kentucky, Callahan said that would help law enforcement identify and prosecute those engaging in the acts, before they reach communities.

“I have heard from law enforcement for a number of years, saying what can we do,” Callahan said. “Unfortunately, unless there is serious injury to the animal or the animal is killed no action can be taken under the criminal statutes — even then it’s only a misdemeanor.”

Eaves said that sexual abuse of animals is occurring in Kentucky frequently.

“You can say it doesn’t happen here. Wrong,” Eaves said. “This morning alone I talked to a veterinarian that I deal with, and I asked in your small animal practice … how often do you run into this? Without a beat she said monthly.”

Rep. Morgan’s bill does not engage in the additional protections, because the person drafting the bill did not want to “irritate” the Kentucky Farm Bureau or hunting and farming groups, according to a news report from the Louisville Courier Journal.

The Kentucky Farm Bureau did not return a phone call seeking comment for this story.

The Animal League Defense Fund survey found Kentucky to be the worst state in the nation for animal protections, an award the commonwealth has held for a decade.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News or anytime with Spectrum On Demand.Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

4 Comments

Comments

  • Heza Putz wrote on January 12, 2017 02:01 PM :

    Well, that does explain my worthless, toothless neighbor’s dog waking me up this morning nailing a Morgan campaign sign to the side of his doghouse.

  • Cat Balz wrote on January 12, 2017 07:54 PM :

    Larry Flynt tried a cat once and he went back to chickens REAL QUICK!

  • AllPainNoGain wrote on January 13, 2017 08:31 AM :

    Wesley C. Morgan will be one of the few new republican representatives to only make it one term in office. He has shown himself to be completely unethical in only a couple of weeks in office. His first six bills are directly related to his personal business (liquor store owner)and benefit him personally. In addition, he filed a bill to limit a boat docks ability to file a lein on someones boat if they failed to pay storage fees (he happens to owe personally $28,000 to a boat dock that is currently storing his houseboat and they are engaged in a legal battle right now). The people of Madison County elected an completely corrupt person to this position, and we will not forget it when the next election rolls around.

  • TNF 13 wrote on January 14, 2017 10:16 PM :

    This is the most ridiculous pile of trash I have read yet. Bestiality is only connected to child sexual abuse under very specific and very rare circumstances. As most child sexual abuse is motivated by a wide variety of factors which are typically unrelated to sexual pleasure, it has no innate connection to bestiality. In other words, there is no real connection between child sexual abuse and sexual assault and bestiality in the vast majority of cases of child sexual abuse and sexual assault. While that may work the other way, this article does not provide any facts to support its claims.

    One vet running into this issue once a month (out of how many hundreds or thousands of visits) does not make this a serious enough issue warranting this panic attack of a news piece, whereas 1 in 5 children are sexually abused by the time they turn 18. Give some real statistics about this issue and prove the claims being made with hard facts, or shut up and focus on real problems.

    TNF 13
    Advocate for the Primary Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse

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