First off: Who knew it was legal to have sex with non-human animals in Florida? Senate Bill 344 exists to curb the zoophilia problem, which apparently is much more common than one would assume.
A Florida man named Eugene Hickman was found on top of a bulldog by his grandson. He goes to court in November for both animal cruelty and charges stemming from the act being performed in front of his grandson. Although it seems psychological evaluation should be in order. Two other recent cases involve the courts splitting on animal cruelty charges, with one being upheld and the other being reduced, both cases involving men having sex with dogs.
The new law is a win for animal welfare advocates as zoophilia is not explicitly covered under animal cruelty laws, leaving the decision to the discretion of various judges. State Sen. Nan Rich has attempted to pass this bill three times as legislators reportedly believed zoophilia to be a non-issue in the state. But multiple cases involving dogs, one with a goat, and one with a horse have arisen in the courts.
As of tomorrow, the non-human animals of Florida can breathe a little easier.