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.