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Switzerland is seeing a worrying increase in the number of sex attacks carried out against animals and in particular horses. Figures showed cases of animal abuse rose to 1,709 in 2014, an increase of 1,542 from the previous 12 months.
The findings are worrying animal rights groups as it is a problem that seems to be getting worse. The foundation, known as Tier im Recht (Animals in Law), said the amount of abuse cases reported was triple compared to a decade ago.
So, we are getting worse.
However, it seems as though horses are coming under particular threat, with almost 10 percent of cases maltreatment of the animals involving bestiality.
“This rate is relatively elevated compared with other types of animals,” Andreas Ruttimann, a legal expert with Tier im Recht, told the Local.
“A total of 105 cases of animal cruelty to horses were registered last year, up considerably from previous years but probably below the actual number of incidents,” he added.
Worryingly, the group believes the actually figure could be much higher, given that around 150,000 people in Switzerland take part in equestrian activities. It also adds that there are more than 110,000 horses at 18,000 farms in the country.
The 20 Minuten newspaper reported that experts believe that as many as 10,000 people living in Switzerland are suspected of practicing zoophilia (sex with animals). Tier im Recht says the higher prosecution rates are down to tougher animal protection laws being introduced by the government, to protect their welfare.
Switzerland has a population of just over 8 million, meaning 0.125 percent of the population have a penchant for zoophilia.
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Denmark is planning to banish bestiality, following the recent examples of Germany and Norway, said the country’s food and agriculture minister. The bill was long-awaited both inside the country and abroad.
“I have decided that we should ban sex with animals. That is happening for numerous reasons. The most important is that in the vast majority of cases it is an attack against the animals,” the food and agriculture minister, Dan Jørgensen, told Ekstra Bladet, a Danish tabloid.
According to Jørgensen, one of the factors that prompted his decision was the damage done to his country’s reputation which laws still allow sex between humans and animals.
“And under all circumstances, any doubts about it should go to the animals’ benefit,” he said. “They naturally cannot say no to going along with it. Therefore, it should be banned.”
Seventy-six percent of the Danish population support banning sex with animals, according to a recent poll, carried out by Gallup.
OMG, only 76%! So 24% either don't care or disagree with banning bestiality! Unbelievable!
The bill, which also requires changes in the country’s welfare animal laws, will be introduced by the Danish government in 2015.
The absence of a law on bestiality led to a growth in animal sex tourism industry in the country.
I've always understood there to be a high level of depravity in man, but this (animal sex tourism) is astonishing even to me.
In the recent years the international community closely focused on the lack of bestiality law in the animal welfare system of the country.
"I don't think the Danish government is doing enough to protect the animals. They need to do something to protect (against?) zoophilia in Denmark," Karoline Lundstrom, a Danish animal rights activist says in a documentary shot by VICE in April.
Bestiality is illegal in many countries, including Belgium, Canada, Australia and India.
Sweden banned zoophilia in April 2014 in a move backed by the country’s Rural Affairs Minister, Eskil Erlandsson. "There should be no doubt whatsoever that bestiality is unacceptable," The Local cited him as saying.
Glad to see Sweden protecting it's animals from sex abuse. Now if they would just start protecting their teenage girls from Muslim rapists...
In 2012 the same ban was passed in Germany. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government introduced the new law against the practice, saying animals should not be used "for personal sexual activities or made available to third parties for sexual activities … thereby forcing them to behave in ways that are inappropriate to their species."
Funny, nobody mentioned man behaving in a manner inappropriate for our species.
22 April 2015
Denmark has finally passed a law banning bestiality in an attempt to crack down on perverts visiting the country to have sex with animals.
The Nordic country decided to tighten up its laws amid reports of animal sex shows, clubs and even animal brothels frequented by tourists taking advantage of its lax regulations.
The previous law only stipulated a ban on intercourse which harmed the animals.
But agricultural minister Dan Jorgensen pointed out it was difficult to prove whether or not the animal had been harmed.
'The current legislation does not protect the animals enough,' he wrote in an opinion piece.
'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.'
Those voting for the bill said Denmark did not want to remain the last northern European country where bestiality was legal, as this was attracting animal sex tourists.
Germany, Norway, Sweden and Britain previously banned it.
'There are frequent reports of the occurrence of organised animal sex shows, clubs and animal brothels in Denmark,' the Danish Ethical Council for Animals, an independent advisory board under the food and agriculture ministry, said in a report, while adding that it had not been able to verify the reports.
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clubs and even brothels in the Nordic country
More recently, a 2011 Justice Ministry report surveyed veterinarians and found 17 percent of them suspected that an animal they treated had had intercourse with a human.
The advent of the internet no doubt helped the boom in animal sex tourism: there are entire forums dedicated to helping people swap advice on bestiality, as well as pornography.
Another example of how internet pornography is causing a rapid deterioration in morality. Child porn is one of the fastest growing industries in the world and is contributing to an increase in child sex abuse. Pornography viewed by adolescent boys is, I believe, contributing, if not solely responsible for the growing 'culture of rape' in western universities.
Perhaps it's time to put an end to pornography entirely?
The move leaves few countries in the world where bestiality is still legal: within Europe, it leaves just Finland, Romania and Hungary.
In the United States, laws surrounding bestiality vary from state to state: Vermont, New Hampshire and Ohio are some of the states where there is no law against it.