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Germany eyes reenacting bestiality laws

It looks like Germany is going to have to dig back into the legal archives from the Dark Ages and reinstate some old laws that were apparently mothballed in the politico-cultural fervor of the 1960s. The laws in question specifically ban acts of bestiality, and they were replaced with animal cruelty laws. Why were they taken off the books? Maybe it was a move to seem more open minded in a time of sexual revolution, maybe it seemed unnecessarily judgmental to put the law between a person and their beloved pet. Whatever the reason then, it’s a problem now due to the growth of a new form of sexual amusement: The erotic zoo.

These “zoos” have a range of animals from lamas to goats, and zoophiles use them for sexual encounters with the animals, for a fee of course. The current animal cruelty laws aren’t cutting it when it comes to stopping these animal sex traders. According to Hans-Michael Goldmann, chairman of the agriculture committee, the government’s goal is to stop the use of animals “for individual sexual acts and to outlaw people ‘pimping’ creatures to others for sexual use.” The proposed statues would impose fines of up to 25,000 Euros for such activities.

Naturally legislators will have a fight on their hands from 100-member German ‘zoophile’ group ZETA, who announced that they will take legal action if any such laws are enacted, because, according to ZETA chairman Michael Kiok, who lives and apparently loves with his Alsatian, Cessie, ‘Mere concepts of morality have no business being law.’

Kiok told Spiegel, “We see animals as partners and not as a means of gratification. We don’t force them to do anything.” He continues quoting some unnamed research done in the 40s that concluded that 5 to 8 percent of men and 3 to 5 percent of women engaged in bestiality, concluding that, “That would put the figure in Germany at 1.6 million but that’s definitely too high. Taking a wild guess, I’d say it’s well over 100,000.” Kiok takes issue with the meat and farming industries’ practices involving artificial insemination, castration and branding.

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