Having sex with animals is technically legal in Nevada. Some Assembly members want to change that.
Assembly Bill 391 would create the crime of bestiality – sexual relations with an animal – bringing Nevada into the majority of states where it is already a crime. Nevada is one of just nine states where it is not a crime, including Hawaii, Kentucky, New Mexico, Texas, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming.
Ohio was also on that list until March 21, when its newly-passed bestiality ban took effect.
If passed, the Nevada bill would punish someone found guilty of a gross misdemeanor. That penalty is increased to a class C felony if the animal dies or is seriously injured or the person has a previous conviction for animal cruelty.