Bill to prohibit bestiality introduced in West Virginia House

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WHSV) -- A bill has been introduced in the West Virginia House to prohibit bestiality.

House Bill 2664, which was sponsored by Delegates Kessinger, Paynter, Overington, Foster, N., Martin and Isner, would make it a felony to perform a sexual activity with an animal.

It would add a new section to the West Virginia Code, which would be designated §61-8-32.

If convicted, the sentence would be one to five years in a state correctional facility, plus a fine.

The person would have to give up ownership of all animals they have and also undergo psychiatric or psychological evaluation.

The bill was referred to the Judiciary Committee.

You can read the full bill, which, to warn you of graphic content, defines what constitutes bestiality in detail, by clicking this link.

West Virginia is one of very few states in the U.S. that still does not have a law on the books specifically prohibiting bestiality. Others include Kentucky, Texas, Wyoming, Nevada, Vermont, and Hawaii.

In Virginia, bestiality is listed as a Class 6 felony punishable of up to 5 years in prison.