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Germany plans to ban bestiality

Published: 26 Nov 2012 07:14 GMT+01:00

Parliament’s agriculture committee will discuss the necessary changes to the country’s animal protection code this week and they could become law as soon as mid-December, said the left-wing daily Die Tageszeitung.

Getting freaky with mankind’s furry friends has not been a punishable offence in Germany since 1969, according to the paper. But a national veterinary association has warned sexual abuse of animals is widespread, with zoophiles renting farms for erotic encounters and thousands of Germans trading tips on the internet.

Hans-Michael Goldmann, chairman of the agriculture committee, told Die Tageszeitung that the government aimed to forbid using an animal “for individual sexual acts,” but it also wanted to outlaw pimping creatures to others.

Animal rights activists in Germany have long demanded the prosecution of bestiality – currently it is only illegal if sexual acts cause considerable harm to the animal.

But the German zoophile group ZETA (Zoophiles Engaging for Tolerance and Enlightenment) announced it would mount a legal challenge should a ban on bestiality become law.

“Mere concepts of morality have no business being law,” ZETA chairman Michael Kiok told Die Tageszeitung.

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Your comments about this article

09:05 November 26, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
Good idea but how are the Politicians going to reproduce?
10:32 November 26, 2012 by nonicknameleft
" it is only illegal if sexual acts cause considerable harm to the animal "

SERIOUSLY? And how does one determine if bestiality would bring any pleasure / cause no harm to the animal?

In my country (Malaysia) homosex is banned as it is deemed "unnatural"

This form of sex is defo unnatural and it is about time the men left their sheep and women left their snakes alone.
10:49 November 26, 2012 by raandy
What kind of sick crap is bestiality, when society accepts this its time for the 2nd coming.
11:17 November 26, 2012 by bwjijsdtd
I was trying to think of something smart to say, but I guess I am just too dumbfounded to think this is still legal ...
11:21 November 26, 2012 by waltercrasshole
For a full rundown of the status of bestiality in Germany, check out this article from Exberliner and The Local's Ben Knight: http://www.exberliner.com/articles/zoophilia
14:06 November 26, 2012 by sonriete
The euro collapses in slow motion and the unemployment rates rise all across Europe, but of course this is what they concern themselves with it he Bundestag, that God forbid some lonely animal will be pleasured by a spinster in Paderborn.

way to go Bundestag. !!!
14:47 November 26, 2012 by zeddriver
"Getting freaky with mankind¦#39;s furry friends has not been a punishable offence in Germany since 1969"

It was illegal. Then made legal in 1969. and one can rent a farm for animal sex! Holy crap. Call the Guinness book of world records. As the Germans are officially the most deviant sex freaks on the planet.
14:52 November 26, 2012 by raandy
zed, don't you remember last year they had an article on the Local about "Penis Boxing" that is when I came to that conclusion.
14:52 November 26, 2012 by grinners
Speaking of the Guiness Book, was is the record for the most animals brought to climax by one person in one sitting???

My guess is 4.

Any one else have an idea?
16:19 November 26, 2012 by Englishted
As the song says I have never been to bed with a dog but I have woke up with a few.

This explains why there are so many ####s (fit who you want in gap) here ,they are sex tourists.
21:24 November 26, 2012 by gorongoza
A country of animal lovers? First world for sure !
21:29 November 26, 2012 by Gretl
Perhaps the German women drove the guys away...to the farm.

I've never seen such dysfunctional relations between the genders as exists here.
23:46 November 26, 2012 by zeddriver
@Englishted

I've sung that song a few times in my youth.

@raandy

Oh great! Thanks a lot raandy. I just poked my minds eye out with that visual!
05:52 November 27, 2012 by PNWDev
@raandy and zeddriver

Penis Boxing? Is that the German translation for Cock Fighting?
19:43 November 27, 2012 by gorongoza
In ther context of this article I suppose its ideal to bring in the hot topic of interegration.
20:50 November 27, 2012 by ovalle3.14
Good intiative. I do think that if in your understanding of the world you find animals attractive, probably a law will do very little to keep you from satisfying yourself.
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