The ban on animal sex will be taken up by parliament after the new year. Photo: Zach Dischner/Flickr
The food and agriculture minister, Dan Jørgensen, has said that it is time to ban bestiality in Denmark.
“I have decided that we should ban sex with animals. That is happening for numerous reasons. The most important is that in the vast majority of cases it is an attack against the animals. 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,” Jørgensen told Ekstra Bladet.
Jørgensen also said that the damage done to Denmark’s reputation by allowing animal sex was a factor in his decision.
In recent years, Denmark has been left geographically isolated as the only country not to ban bestiality. Sweden banned it in April of last year, while Norway outlawed it in 2011. Sex with animals is also illegal in Germany. This has led to an underground animal sex tourism industry in Denmark.
The international community most recently focused on Denmark’s lack of an animal sex ban following a short documentary by Vice. The American news crew spoke with both zoophiles who argue that they are not harming the animals they have sex and animal rights activists who have worked for years to have the practice banned in Denmark.
A recent opinion poll by Gallup revealed that 76 percent of Danes support a ban on animal sex.
According to Ekstra Bladet, the ban on animal sex will require a change to Denmark’s animal welfare laws. The ban is expected to be taken up by parliament in the new year.
Vice's documentary, Animal Fuckers, can be see here: