Denmark is set to make sex with animals illegal, bringing the country in line with Norway, Sweden and Germany.
The plans were announced by food and agriculture minister Dan Jørgensen, who said his decision was prompted by the fact existing bestiality laws were damaging the country’s reputation.
He told Ekstra Bladet: “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.
Sex with animals - like this horse - will be illegal in Denmark, come 2015
“And under all circumstances, any doubts about it should go to the animals’ benefit. They naturally cannot say no to going along with it.
“Therefore, it should be banned.”
In April VICE.com shot a short documentary about bestiality and animal sex tourism in Denmark.
Karoline Lundstrom told the programme: “I don’t think the Danish government is doing enough to protect the animals.”
The bill, which will also require a change in the country’s welfare animal laws, will be introduced by the Danish government in 2015, Reuters reports.
According to a recent poll carried out by Gallup, 76 per cent of the Danish population support banning sex with animals.
In recent years there have been disturbing reports of the increasing popularity of “erotic zoos” where zoophiles are encouraged to visit and abuse animals including llamas and goats.