Animal sexual abuse to become illegal in Washington D.C.
As of this writing, Washington D.C., New Mexico, and West Virginia are the only U.S. jurisdictions without laws criminalizing bestiality. Last week, the Washington D.C. Council approved the final reading of Partisan Bill 20-416 which modernizes criminal codes, including those related to animal cruelty. Under existing laws, non-sexual animal cruelty is a misdemeanor or felony under Sec. 22; if passed, animal sexual abuse, including depictions of such abuse, will be prohibited under a new Sec. 22A.
It could be months before the Bill becomes law. Unlike other states, District of Columbia, Bills approved by the D.C. Council must then must be sent to the U.S. Congress for review in order to become effective.
India proposes 61 revisions to animal cruelty laws
Stoning and beating of animals is commonplace in India, and sexual abuse of animals is not uncommon. Regardless of the type of cruelty inflicted, punishment in India is slight. A bill is being introduced to substantially revise The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. The bill proposes adding a new offense called "gruesome cruelty" which includes bestiality and would be punishable by fines of about $750 U.S. or imprisonment of one to five years.