Ban Bestiality in Florida

From the HSUS

Make the Sexual Abuse of Animals Illegal in Florida

Dear Helen,

While 34 states make bestiality a crime, the sexual abuse of animals remains legal in Florida. The sexual abuse of animals is not only cruel but also an indicator of other violent and sexually deviant crimes. A study published in 2002 found that 96% of juveniles who had engaged in sex with nonhuman animals also admitted to sex offenses against humans. Because bestiality is legal in Florida, prosecutors are unable to address this cruelty.

Fortunately, legislation (S.B. 744/H.B. 1227) has been introduced to make the sexual abuse of animals a crime in Florida.

Please contact your state senator, Steven Geller, and state representative, Perry Thurston, to express your support for S.B. 744/H.B. 1227.

Please make a brief, polite phone call to Representative Thurston at (850) 488-1084 and Senator Geller at (850) 487-5097 to urge support for legislation to make the sexual abuse of animals illegal.

When making your call, you will likely speak to a staff member who will pass your message along to your legislator. Remember to be polite and professional, and leave your name and address so it is clear that you are a constituent. You can say:

“Hello, my name is [your name] and I am calling from [your town] to ask [legislator’s name] to support S.B. 744/H.B. 1227 to make the sexual abuse of animals illegal in Florida. 34 states make this a crime and Florida needs to join them. Thank you.”

After making your calls, please send a follow-up email to your legislators in support of legislation to make the sexual abuse of animals a crime in Florida.

And please don’t forget to tell your friends and family in Florida how they can take action, too.

Thank you for all you do for animals.


Michael Markarian
Executive Vice President
The Humane Society of the United States


Thank you – Helen

About Helen

I’m a Southern California living in South Florida. I’ve been here for 10 years as of October 1, 2007. No matter where I live, I’m a dog lover, and my breed is the Dobermann Pinscher of the Working Group. I am also fond of the Australian Shepherd of the Herding Group. My life revolves around my dogs, which is something those family members of mine don’t understand. So I’m an island in that respect, but have built friendships with those who are doggie lovers and respect the canine as much as I do. Some do rescue, some train in, compete in, and judge AKC trials. The common thread is our dogs are family.

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