Denmark has finally committed to banning sex with animals, both because the practice is “damaging the country’s reputation” and non-consensual. The immediate cause of the ban, however, is the fact that in recent years the small northern European country has become a magnet for animal sex tourists, as bestiality is banned just about everywhere else in Europe. Even more disturbingly, there has been a surge in animal brothels.
The announcement was made by Danish agricultural minister Dan Jorgensen who said that he would outlaw the act by closing the legal loophole that makes it possible. The minister told Danish daily Ekstra Bladet:
I have decided that we should ban sex with animals. This is because it constitutes an attack on the animal, which naturally cannot consent to sex. It is also damaging to our country’s reputation to allow this practice to continue here while it is banned elsewhere.
According to a recent Gallup opinion poll, 76 percent of Danes supported a ban on animal sex. The bill, which will be accompanied by changes in Denmark’s welfare animal laws, will be submitted by the Danish parliament in 2015.
Elsewhere in Europe, bestiality has been made illegal in England since 1290 under the reign of Edward I. However, in many other European countries, including France, Germany, Belgium and Holland, the practice has only been outlawed in the past decade. (Scroll down for a video of a recent video report from Vice, which examined bestiality in Denmark.)
1. Danish agricultural minister Dan Jorgensen made the decision to outlaw sex with animals claiming the country’s reputation was suffering as it had become a magnet for animal sex tourists.
2. The Danish politician pointed out that bestiality ‘constitutes an attack’ as animals are unable to offer consent.
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Sweden only banned zoophilia — another way of describing sex with animals — in April 2014, while in Germany the law was passed in 2012. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government introduced the ban, explaining that animals should not be used
for personal sexual activities or made available to third parties for sexual activitiesΓÇª thereby forcing them to behave in ways that are inappropriate to their species.
In Europe, bestiality is still legal in Finland, Hungary and Romania.
And here is a recent video report from Vice, which examined bestiality in Denmark by speaking with zoophiles who defend their actions and with activists trying to ban the practice. It is quite revealing.
Source: The Mail Online.
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