ENROLLED 2011 Legislature SB 344, 1st Engrossed 2011344er 1 2 An act relating to animal cruelty; creating s. 3 828.126, F.S.; providing definitions; prohibiting 4 specified activities with an animal; prohibiting 5 specified related activities; providing penalties; 6 providing that the act does not apply to certain 7 husbandry, conformation judging, and veterinary 8 practices; providing an effective date. 9 10 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 11 12 Section 1. Section 828.126, Florida Statutes, is created to 13 read: 14 828.126 Sexual activities involving animals.— 15 (1) As used in this section, the term: 16 (a) “Sexual conduct” means any touching or fondling by a 17 person, either directly or through clothing, of the sex organs 18 or anus of an animal or any transfer or transmission of semen by 19 the person upon any part of the animal for the purpose of sexual 20 gratification or arousal of the person. 21 (b) “Sexual contact” means any contact, however slight, 22 between the mouth, sex organ, or anus of a person and the sex 23 organ or anus of an animal, or any penetration, however slight, 24 of any part of the body of the person into the sex organ or anus 25 of an animal, or any penetration of the sex organ or anus of the 26 person into the mouth of the animal, for the purpose of sexual 27 gratification or sexual arousal of the person. 28 (2) A person may not: 29 (a) Knowingly engage in any sexual conduct or sexual 30 contact with an animal; 31 (b) Knowingly cause, aid, or abet another person to engage 32 in any sexual conduct or sexual contact with an animal; 33 (c) Knowingly permit any sexual conduct or sexual contact 34 with an animal to be conducted on any premises under his or her 35 charge or control; or 36 (d) Knowingly organize, promote, conduct, advertise, aid, 37 abet, participate in as an observer, or perform any service in 38 the furtherance of an act involving any sexual conduct or sexual 39 contact with an animal for a commercial or recreational purpose. 40 (3) A person who violates this section commits a 41 misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 42 775.082 or s. 775.083. 43 (4) This section does not apply to accepted animal 44 husbandry practices, conformation judging practices, or accepted 45 veterinary medical practices. 46 Section 2. This act shall take effect October 1, 2011.