Germany’s ruling coalition is calling for a ban on bestiality – or the practice of having sex with animals.
BBC, November 28
The German parliament’s agriculture committee is considering a legal amendment to describe sex with humans as “inappropriate” for animals. A hefty fine could be imposed on offenders.
A final vote will be held in the Bundestag (lower house) on 14 December.
Germany legalised bestiality (zoophilia) in 1969, except when the animal suffered “significant harm”.
But Michael Kiok, the chairman of the pressure group Zoophile Engagement for Tolerance and Information (Zeta), said he was going to take legal action to fight the proposed changes.
“It is unthinkable that any sexual act with an animal is punished without proof that the animal has come to any harm,” he said, adding that animals are capable of showing what they do, or do not, want to do.
“We see animals as partners and not as a means of gratification. We don’t force them to do anything. Animals are much easier to understand than women,” Mr Kiok claimed.
The act however, is permissible in Belgium, Denmark and Sweden, though Stockholm is considering a change in the legislation.