Denmark's controversial stance on bestiality is the focus of a new short film from Vice.
Bestiality is legal in Denmark and after neighbours Sweden and Germany both recently outlawed the practice, Denmark is rumoured to have a burgeoning animal sex tourism industry. That brought the Vice team to both Denmark and Germany for a film entitled Animal Fuckers.
In it, they speak with both zoophiles who argue that they are not harming animals and animal rights activist who want to see the practice banned in Denmark. The film crew follows a group of activists as they attempt to deliver a petition containing 162,000 signatures supporting a bestiality ban to the food and agriculture minister, Dan Jørgensen. The minister, however, is not present to meet with the activists as planned.
Karoline Lundstrom, a Danish animal rights activist, says in the film that it is time for Denmark to act.
"I don't think the Danish government is doing enough to protect the animals. They need to do something to protect zoophilia in Denmark," she says.
She and other activists are summarily dismissed by Peter Sandøe, the former chairman of the Danish Ethical Council for Animals (Det Dyreetiske Råd), who says they are "obsessive" personalities looking for meaning in their lives.