Was this a Baaaad Decision?

I’ll bet this guy feels a bit sheepish:

Jeffrey Scott Haynes, 45, is serving a 2 1/2 – to 20-year prison sentence after pleading no contest to sodomy in 2006. He was found trespassing on a farm in Bedford Township in January 2005. The farmer called police when she realized one of her sheep was injured. A DNA sample taken from the sheep matched Haynes, a career criminal with convictions dating to 1985.

Now, common sense would tell you that Mr. Haynes is not required to register as a sex offender.  After all, the victim was a sheep.  PETA, of course, is having none of that!  Here’s what People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ director of the cruelty casework division, Martin Mersereau, had to say:

“I think the appellate court is being too literal in interpreting the letter of the law,” he said. “It seems in this case, it’s an issue of what’s good and right being constrained by verbiage. I believe their hands are tied in that regard, so I can’t blast them for that, but at the end of the day the community will suffer if people who abuse animals sexually aren’t on the radar.”

Mersereau said people who sexually abuse animals often do the same to humans.

“It seems about a dozen times a year we hear of cases involving people who sexually abuse a child, who have in the past done the same to a dog,” he said. “The two go hand in hand, and any time the law does not help contribute to the awareness of a predator in their midst, the community suffers.”

So, if Michigan considers a change to sex offender laws to include animals such as sheep, will the law state offenders have to stay a certain distance away from the circus, the petting zoo and the sheep farm?


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