Cruelty To Animals/Sentencing
|Signed Into Law! Chapter 79 SLA 10|
Sponsored by Rep. Bob Lynn
Co-Sponsors: Rep. Dahlstrom, Rep. Tuck, Rep. Gatto, Sen. Wielechowski, Sen. Ellis
“Relating to cruelty to animals; and relating to aggravating factors at sentencing involving assaultive behavior and cruelty to animals.”
Posted: February 26, 2009
HB 6 expands the current Alaska law on cruelty to animals to include "sexual conduct." The primary purpose of this bill is not just to protect animals from sexual assault but to protect children and other vulnerable humans.
High rates of sexual abuse of animals exist in the backgrounds of serial sexual homicide perpetrators, according to the FBI.
Thirty five other states outlaw acts of bestiality, with many of them classifying it as a felony, according to the Humane Society of the United States. Several states have language almost identical to HB 6.
This proposed "sexual conduct" offense would be a Class A misdemeanor, added to AS 11.61.140, Cruelty to Animals. This statute includes commonsense exemptions for conduct ranging from scientific research governed by accepted standards, to accepted veterinary and animal husbandry practices.
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