An Ohio bill, S.B. 191, that would make sexual bestiality, a crime is set for a vote in the state senate on Wednesday, May 30, 2012. (There is no record of this be voted on) The problem? There is a stronger bill, H.B. 289 that has languished in committee since its introduction. S.B. 191 would only make the act of sexual bestality a misdemeanor of the first degree on the first offense and a felony in the 5th degree on subsequent offenses.
H.B. 289, on the other hand, would make sexual bestiality a felony on the first offense and allow the court to bar an offender from owning, keeping or living with animals and participate in counseling. H.B. 289 would also make clear the animal victimized by this crime could be seized regardless of whether he or she is a companion animal.
Below is the Ohio senate calender, the only action taken was:
Sub. S. B. No. 191 — Senators Hughes, Wilson
Cosponsor: Senator Jordan
To enact section 2907.12 of the Revised Code to make engaging in an act of sexual bestiality a criminal offense.