Denmark may ban bestiality after the neighboring countries of Norway, Sweden and Germany banned the practice, giving rise to booming underground animal sex tourism in the country.
The amendment to Denmark’s Animal Welfare Act was proposed by Minister of Food and Agriculture Dan Jørgensen, who argues that zoophilia injures the nation’s reputation.
A Gallup poll found that 76 percent of Danes support a ban on animal sex.
“The most important is that, in the vast majority of cases, it is an attack against the animals,” Jørgensen argued. “And under all circumstances, any doubts about it should go to the animals’ benefit. They naturally cannot say no to going along with it. Therefore, it should be banned.”
But animal ethics committee president Bengt Holst argues that the ban is unnecessary. Holst says the law already prohibits animal suffering, pain, distress or lasting harm.
In recent years, animal sex tourism has grown in Denmark.
“Last year, Germany prohibited [zoophilia], and this year, Sweden did the same,” Karoline Lundstrom, a Danish animal rights activist, told VICE in a documentary shot in April.
“As a result, many people are coming to Denmark and abusing these animals,” she said.
The problem with the Animal Welfare law as it stands, according to Lundstrom, “is that it does not take into account the animals suffer mentally.”
If passed, the ban will go into effect in 2015.
Bestiality has been legal in Finland since 1971.
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