Denmark To Ban Bestiality By 2015

Asher Bayot

Denmark is currently pushing a legal policy that will soon ban bestiality in the European country. According to the Daily Mail, Denmark's plans to ban sexual contact with animals is part of a national movement to protect animals in the country.

Lawmakers believe the flourishing bestiality industry in Denmark is "damaging the country's reputation." Because bestiality is illegal in most European countries, Denmark has been one of the most visited countries for animal sex tourism, with animal brothels surging across the country. However, this reprehensible practice might see its end soon as lawmakers push for a ban on all kinds of sexual engagements with animals, effectively shutting down the animal sex tourism industry in the country.

Agriculture minister Dan Jorgensen says he is pushing for the sexual act to be outlawed, citing the fact that any bestial act is a form of attack on the animal, who naturally cannot consent to sexual advances.

"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 recent polls, 76 percent of Danes support the proposed ban on bestiality. Neighboring countries have successfully pushed similar laws in the past, making illegal all types of sexual engagements with animals within their territories. Chancellor Angela Merkel spearheaded the ban on bestiality in Germany in 2012. In a statement describing the provision, Germany's government declared that all animals should not be used "for personal sexual activities or made available to third parties for sexual activities... thereby forcing them to behave in ways that are inappropriate to their species." Sweden has just made bestiality illegal this year, while other European countries, such as France and Belgium, have outlawed these despicable acts within the last 10 years.

In England, bestiality has been illegal since 1290, under the decree of Edward I.

Zoophilia is a felony in most states in the U.S., including Minnesota and Delaware. In other states, like Texas and Hawaii, the punishment for engaging in sexual acts with animals is undetermined. Zoophilic pornography in most states is allowed. Most states and U.S. territories, with the exception of Virgin Islands, allow private ownership of pornographic materials depicting bestiality.

Denmark's ban on bestiality is expected to take effect on 2015.

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