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Ohio Legislature Bans Human-Animal Hybrids

06/04/2010 02:24 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

I don't think any of us will ever forget that time that President George W. Bush stood in front of Congress at the 2006 State of the Union Address and urged legislators to take the necessary steps to stop the rise of the human-animal hybrids. I'm pretty sure I was watching on the teevee, and receiving many frenzied instant-messages from Ana Marie Cox, which read, in part, "WTF JUST HAPPENED AT THE STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS?"

Actually, those memories may be just as apocryphal as the mythical beasts -- mer-men and centaurs -- about which the President was so terribly worried. But concern over scientifically-induced lycanthropy has never gone away entirely.

Last month, Arizona passed a law that would require all were-beasts to show their papers to Joe Arpaio on demand, or something. And now, a bunch of Ohio legislators who went to see the movie Splice have gone and freaked right the heck out, and have passed their own law, banning human-animal hybridization.

This is a victory for something called the Ohio Christian Alliance:

Ohio Christian Alliance President Chris Long made the following statement, "For the past seven years, OCA has been working tirelessly with members of the Ohio Legislature to ban embryonic stem cell research, human cloning, and in recent years, animal-human hybrid. Science has advanced to the point where DNA from animals and humans can be intermixed in scientific laboratory experimentation. This is simply outrageous! Animal-human hybrid research is currently being conducted in England, which many in the international medical community now consider to be a rogue medical state. It is unknown how many U.S. laboratories are currently conducting similar research.

That comes courtesy of Ronald Bailey, at Reason, who reports that the bill "would punish such 'rogue' research by throwing perpetrators into jail for one year or imposing a fine of $250,000 or both."

Bailey has previously written about this matter, and details how lots of "valuable research" would be undercut by human-animal hybrid hysteria: here, and here. His latest post is titled "Ohio Senate Votes to Ban Minotaurs," which means this Ohio law is just more bad news for Sally Quinn.

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