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Gov. Maggie Hassan signed HB 1547 into law in June; it goes into effect on January 1, 2017.
Dear New Hampshire Humanitarian,
Good news! Thanks to the efforts of activists like yourself, the New Hampshire House passed HB 1547, a bill to prohibit and punish bestiality as a separate crime, and the Senate is poised to take up the bill on Thursday. Your help is still needed to get this legislation to the governor's desk. Please ask your senator to vote for this important effort to strengthen the law against violent offenders.
Bestiality is illegal in most countries and US states. HB 1547 would make New Hampshire the 41st state with a specific ban against this practice. The bill also requires those convicted to register with the state's criminal offenders registry, even after a first offense.
Some contend that bestiality is not a "violent" crime. Nothing could be further from the truth. Not only is bestiality abhorrent and cruel, but it also often results in serious injury to or the death of the animal. Moreover, there is a strong relationship to interpersonal violence, including sexual assault of people:
- Juveniles who sexually assault animals are more likely to later commit crimes of interpersonal violence; it is, in fact, the single strongest risk factor for future sexual abuse of children.
- Among juveniles who had reported engaging in animal sexual assault, 95 percent had also sexually assaulted people.
- In one jurisdiction in Virginia, of ten adult males convicted of crimes related to bestiality, eight had also been involved in crimes involving children (e.g., child pornography, soliciting sex from a minor).
Animal sexual assault is not the rare, isolated perversion people prefer to think it is. The explosion of the Internet both facilitates this crime and allows it to flourish by allowing and encouraging perpetrators to communicate with and seek out one another, find animals for sexual purposes, and share their encounters. Passage of HB 1547 would greatly enhance New Hampshire's ability to protect both animals and its communities—especially its children—from sexually violent offenders.