Strengthening Protections Against the Sexual Abuse of Animals (Florida)

S.B. 1798

Florida lawmakers have passed a bill strengthening penalties for the sexual abuse of animals as well as imposing a possession ban on those convicted, limiting their future interactions with animals.


June 29, 2022

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Gov. DeSantis signed S.B. 1798 into law on June 24, 2022

Florida lawmakers have successfully passed S.B. 1798, a bill that would strengthen the penalties for those convicted of sexual abuse of animals from a first-degree misdemeanor to a third-degree felony.

This bill also imposes a possession ban for this crime, prohibiting convicted persons from legally owning animals, engaging in an occupation in which they would be caring for animals, or residing in a household where animals are present for up to five years.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund strongly supports this bill, which was sponsored by Sen. Lauren Book (D-32).

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