Miami-Dade Seeks to Officially Ban Bestiality and Animal Porn

Miami-Dade Seeks to Officially Ban Bestiality and Animal Porn
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After years of dragging its feet, the Florida legislature finally formally outlawed sex between animals and humans in 2011. The Miami-Dade County Commission, however, really wants to drive the point home that bestiality is not welcomed here. It's now poised to consider a 300 word update to its animal-cruelty ordinance.

Proposed by Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz, the new bestiality law would be part of a larger rewrite of the county's laws concerning treatment of animals. 

The proposal is basically a cut-and-paste of much the existing Florida law, but adds a few new caveats. It also outlaws the photographing and filming of acts of bestiality, as well as the sale of such materials. Even people observing sexual acts between animals and humans could face punishment. 

Miami's most recent scandal over porn involving animals centered around a man who filmed women crushing small animals with their feet or otherwise killing the animals. Such behavior is already outlawed by animal cruelty laws. 

Unlike the original writing of Florida's law, it provides no accidental loopholes for oral sex involving animals. 

Caveats are included for "animal husbandry practices, conformation judging practices, or accepted veterinary medical practices." 

The bill would also make changes to the county's licensing and vaccination documentation procedure, among other things. 

Commissioners will take a preliminary vote on the measure on Tuesday.


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