Farmers in the United States are concerned about new laws that would ban beastiality
Farmers in the United States are concerned about new laws that would ban beastiality Jamie Brown

Outlawing beastiality raises concerns from US farmer reps

THOSE supporting a proposed law that would make beastiality illegal in the American state of New Hampshire have been quizzed by opponents warning farmers may not be happy with the changes.

A hearing was told the area has become a haven for local and out-of-town offenders.

The bill's sponsor said it would give police and prosecutors the right to enforce the laws because "New Hampshire shouldn't be one of the few states that doesn't have it".

As it stands, offenders would still be charged with animal cruelty, but that is not a criminal charge.

Local reports suggest New Hampshire is one of 10 American states that does not specifically outlaw the sexual abuse of animals.

Beastiality is the sexual activity between a human and an animal.

But the plan has met with some opposition from farmers groups who are concerned about how the law would be used.

Commissioner of Agriculture Lorraine Merrill warned it could have unexpected consequences on lower-tier farmers who may have "a dairy cow or two" which they use for breeding.

The laws make exceptions for medical procedures and medical farming, but not for other animal husbandry practices that relate to artificial insemination.

No one spoke in support of beastiality at the hearings.

The laws follow revelations from 2014 when New Hampshire man Nicholas Coll was identified in video clips that showed him having sex with dogs.

He was charged with animal cruelty and sentenced to one year in prison. 



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