(Concord Monitor) Proponents of a bill that would ban the sexual abuse of animals told lawmakers Monday that New Hampshire is one of only a few states that still legally permits the practice, creating a de facto haven for local and out-of-state perpetrators.
"Please pass this bill and give law enforcement and prosecutors in this state the tool they need to enforce these laws," Rep. Katherine Rogers, a Concord Democrat and the bill’s prime sponsor, told members of the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee. "It’s unfortunately something that’s needed, and New Hampshire shouldn’t be one of the few states that doesn’t have it."
The state is one of just 10, including Vermont, that does not explicitly prohibit sexual contact with animals. Perpetrators are still subject to charges of animal cruelty, a misdemeanor, but those can be hard to prove, and animal advocates insist they don’t go far enough.
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