The nation that recently banned ritual preparation of meat is facing an international campaign to end the legality of sexual contact with animals inside its borders.
The practice has been legal in the country since 1933, and has apparently given birth to “barnyard brothels” in the country. Those establishments are reported to charge anywhere from $85 to $170 for an encounter with an animal. A petition circulating on the web has just under 100,000 signatures at the time of writing and hopes to change that. The petition states that
sexual use of animals in [D]enmark is allowed, and we need everybody’s voice to try and change this. Denmark can be somewhat stubborn about some changes, so help us make way for better welfare for all animals all over the world.
Denmark recently enacted a requirement that all animals must be stunned prior to slaughter for meat, which effectively banned religious preparation of meat. Agriculture Minister Dan Jørgensen saidThere has to be a balance between religious issues and animal rights.
Animal rights activists question the sincerity of the move in country that allows sexual activity with an animal. Denmark is among two other countries in Europe that do not prohibit the practice. Belgium and Sweden also allow the activity, however Sweden is considering a change in its law. Germany banned it in 2012, with a law that prohibited
actions alien to the species.
The wording of this law has raised eyebrows, as some may attempt to use it to end zoos, circuses, or genetically modifying animals.
Zoophiles defend the practice, and Michael Kiok saidWe 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.
In the United States, bestiality is legal in almost as many states as same-sex marriage. The website pet-abuse.com maintains an active listing of bestiality cases in the United States.