Did you know that in New Jersey it is illegal to wear a bullet-proof vest while committing a murder (I assume murder is illegal also), it is against the law for a man to knit during fishing season, and it is illegal to slurp your soup (it was also illegal in my house growing up). However, in the 227 years since New Jersey became a state, sex with animals was never made illegal.
The item below is from today’s New York Post:
A New Jersey Assembly committee has approved a bill that would make it illegal for people to have sex with animals.
New Jersey is one of 14 states that does not explicitly ban bestiality.
The bill’s sponsor says the state’s animal cruelty laws just don’t cut it.
Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli of Somerset County tells The Star-Ledger of Newark prosecutors had to drop animal cruelty charges against a Moorestown resident in 2009 who was accused of molesting cows. [Emphasis added]
The bill would make bestiality a fourth-degree crime, punishable by up to 18 months in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. The penalties would be upgraded if the animal dies.
By the way did you notice the word may in the headline? They haven’t made up their mins for sure that sex with animals is deviant and should be considered a crime?
Either way, next time I go visit relatives in New Jersey remind me to leave my dog home.
Cross-posted at The Lid