The penalty is currently a misdemeanor. This new legislation is in reaction to a recent violation in the Town of Eaton, Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin State Assembly voted to approve a bill Thursday (2/15) to increase the penalty for sex with an animal from a misdemeanor to a felony punishable by up to six years in prison, according to usnews.com.

The author of the bill, Republican state Rep. Andre Jacque, said the bill was in reaction to a man facing misdemeanor animal abuse charges for allegedly sexually assaulting a horse.

The bill heads to the Senate next.