Denmark hits back at rampant animal sex tourism by banning bestiality
Denmark has taken the plunge and banned bestiality after much international outcry.
New legislation introduced this week has toughened an existing law which banned intercourse which harms an animal, in a bid to tackle the nation's animal sex tourism problem.
"The current legislation does not protect the animals enough. It's hard to prove that an animal suffers when a human has sexual intercourse with it, and that is why we must give the animal the benefit of the doubt," wrote Farm Minister Dan Jorgensen.
Denmark was the last northern European country where bestiality was legal, attracting animal sex tourists in their droves.
The Danish Ethical Council for Animals reported that:
"There are frequent reports of the occurrence of organized animal sex shows, clubs and animal brothels in Denmark."
Vice magazine recently reported that the website Beast Forum, which is an online hub for those with an inclination towards animal sex, boasted an active Denmark board, full of “people asking to borrow male dogs for sex.”
In 2007, two journalists from the newspaper 24timer obtained access to an animal brothel western part Denmark, claiming to be interested in animal sex.
They filmed with a hidden camera as they were offered a horse for their sexual needs, reports Vice magazine.
In an investigation by Ice News the owner of an animal bordello in Denmark said that many of his clients come from abroad and that they travel long distances for his services.
“But the clients tell us that it is much simpler to buy animal sex in Denmark than in their own country,” the owner said, explaining that many of his clients come from Norway, Sweden, Holland and Germany.
A 2011 Justice Ministry report surveyed Danish veterinarians and found 17 percent of them suspected that an animal they treated had had intercourse with a human.