TRENTON - The state Senate unanimously approved a measure that would bar people from having sexual contact with animals.

The vote on Monday was 35-0.

State law now prohibits torturing or neglecting animals. The new measure would add any sexual contact to the list of prohibitions.

The bill designates bestiality as a fourth-degree criminal offense, punishable by 18 months in prison, a fine of $10,000 or both.

The Assembly unanimously passed an identical measure last June.