German lawmakers have pledged to ban sex with animals and the “pimping” of them to others.
The country's coalition government plans to debate legislation which will enforce a fine of up to €25,000 (£20,000) against anyone found to be having or attempting sexual acts with animals, Taz.de reported.
Bestiality ceased being illegal in 1969, and has since then only been against the law if “significant harm” is inflicted on the animal, AFP said.
But there has been a significant rise in the practice, with disturbing reports of the increasing popularity of “erotic zoos” where people sexually attracted to animals (known as zoophiles) are encouraged to visit and abuse animals including llamas and goats.
According to IBTimes, the amendment to the law is likely to be passed in mid December and will no longer depend on whether harm is inflicted, but whether the animal is forced to commit "actions alien to the species".
Hans-Michael Goldmann, head of the parliamentary commission looking into the subject, told Bild: “With this explicit ban, it will be easier to impose penalties and to improve animal protection.”
However, pro-zoophilia campaign group ZETA (Zoophiles Commitment to Tolerance and Enlightenment) says it will legally challenge the ban.
Zeta Chairman Michael Kiok, who lives with his dog Cessy, estimates the number of zoophiles in Germany to be at 100,000, and insists he does not engage in any activities which harm animals.
“Animals are much easier to understand that, say women.”
Peterson plead guilty to bestiality and was sentenced in April, 2013 to between one and 15 years in prison f<a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/index.ssf/2013/04/muskegon_mans_sex_with_dogs_br.html#incart_most-read" target="_hplink">or having sex with two dogs.</a>
Brandon Fanning, 19, is accused of having sex with a dog and, separately, an underage male.
Kevin Dean Parrish
Kevin Dean Parrish to Lyon, Oregon, deputies that he lost control with Kudo, his grandmother's 9-pound Chihuahua-Pincher, so he grabbed the dog and started punching it in the head with his fist. Then he tried to strangle the dog and then put him in an oven he had pre-heated to 350 degrees for his lunch. Parrish was arrested and booked at the Marion County Jail in Salem, Ore., on one count of Aggravated Abuse 1.
Suspect Sought In Sexual Assault Of Horses
An owner and breeder of world class miniature horses in Florida is hoping video surveillance footage will help identify the person suspected of sexual assaulting several of her horses and killing her watch dog. The brutal sexual assaults have been ongoing since May 2012, according to the horse owner, Abby Conder, of Marion County. On Dec. 30, 2012, Conder got her first glimpse of the alleged perpetrator when she reviewed video footage from inside her barn that was recorded earlier that morning. "Someone's got to know this man," Conder said. "He's been in this area at least 8 months now. These are babies I have raised and it's affected them psychologically. It's hard to get in a stall with them and I can't get near their rear ends to put a harness on them." Anyone who recognizes the subject in the video or has information about the animal sexual assaults is asked to contact the sheriff's department at 352-732-8181.
Carlos Romero was arrested Sept. 17 for having sexual contact with a miniature donkey. He told cops that Florida was was "backwards" since its residents "frown on zoophilia."
Malcom Brenner And His "Wet Goddess"
In a book entitled "Wet Goddess," Malcom Brenner writes about a nine-month romantic--and sexual--affair between a man and a dolphin, a story that he says bears a striking resemblance to his own real-life experience. Brenner claims that in the 1970s, when he was in his 20s, he had an erotic relationship with a dolphin named Dolly. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/23/malcolm-brenner-dolphin_n_974764.html" target="_hplink">Read more. </a>
Cody Slaughter And The World's Worst Interview
Slaughter is accused of admitting to child molestation and bestiality during a job interview with the US Border Patrol. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/17/cody-slaughter-job-interview_n_1681250.html" target="_hplink">Read more.</a>
Gerardo Perez, 50, was involved in a tour of a Chicago animal shelter when he disappeared from the group. A shelter employee claims to have found Perez in a restricted area, where it appeared he just had sex with a pit bull. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/03/gerardo-perez-sex-pit-bull-chicago-animal-shelter_n_3377866.html?1370267797" target="_blank">Read the whole story here.</a>
Eric Antunes And The Oral Sex Loophole
When officials searched the computer and cell phone of Florida man Eric Antunes in May 2012, they allegedly found child pornography, as well as photos of Antunes engaged in a sex act with his girlfriend's three-legged dog. The 29-year-old was arrested on charges of child pornography and bestiality, but prosecutors ultimately dropped the bestiality charges on the grounds of a technicality. This development raised the question of whether or not Florida bestiality law contains an "oral sex loophole." <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/23/florida-bestiality-law-oral-sex-loophole_n_1621001.html" target="_hplink">Read more.</a>
Rodell Vereen, Repeat Offender
A South Carolina man who twice pleaded guilty to having sex with a horse has been released from prison and put on probation, under the condition that he keep his distance from the horse. Rodell Vereen, pictured in this file photo, was released from prison after serving 16 months. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/11/04/rodell-vereens-sex-with-h_n_345740.html" target="_hplink">Read more.</a>
Douglas Spink And The Bestiality Farm
51-year-old Douglas Spink was arrested after officials allegedly caught him running a "bestiality farm" in Washington State, near the Canadian border. Spink allegedly kept dozens of horses, dogs, and mice, which he provided to visitors who wanted to engage in sexual acts with animals. A 51-year-old British tourist Stephen Clarke, who was allegedly visiting the farm, was also arrested. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/16/douglas-spink-arrested-in_n_541379.html" target="_hplink">Read more.</a>
Kimberly Lindsey, Arrested For Child Molestation And Bestiality
Kimberly Lindsey (L) and Thomas Westerman were arrested on child molestation charges in October 2011. During the investigation, police also allegedly discovered photographs of Lindsey performing lewd acts on two pets. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/11/kimberly-quinlan-lindsey_n_1004881.html" target="_hplink">Read more.</a>
Eric Steven Easley
Easley <a href="http://blog.al.com/live/2012/10/wilmer_man_gets_3_years_for_se.html" target="_hplink">pleaded guilty</a> to raping a woman and sexually abusing a horse in October, 2012 in Wilmer, Ala.