Animals Win, Sex Tourism Loses as Denmark Finally Decides to Ban Bestiality

Thinking of something different for your next vacation? Have you ever considered Denmark? It’s a land of glorious scenery and happy people, not to mention erotic zoos and animal brothels. Don’t rub your eyes, you read that correctly. Denmark is one of the world’s most desirable travel destinations for a peculiar sexual kink called “zoophilia.” We know it better as bestiality.

People looking for a sexual adventure with cows, sheep, horses, llamas, dogs and other creatures need only book passage to Denmark. Under Danish animal welfare laws, this interspecies swinging is perfectly legal so long as the animal “does not suffer.”

While surrounding European countries like Germany, Sweden and Norway prohibited bestiality over the past couple of years, Denmark inexplicably resisted such change. Now, however, authorities are singing a different tune. Some insist it’s time to ban sex with animals.

Perhaps they’re concerned for their fellow creatures. More likely, though, Danish officials realize they have a cringeworthy problem on their hands and are just plain embarrassed. Denmark has turned into a burgeoning sex tourism destination for zoophiles — people who think sex with animals is a “lifestyle choice” and want to practice it legally.

Denmark has tried before to prohibit bestiality. Shockingly, the votes in Parliament simply were not there to get it done.

Denmark is not a refuge for people who want to sexually exploit animals.

“I have decided that we should ban sex with animals,” Minister of Food and Agriculture Dan Jørgensen said recently. “The most important [reason] is that in the vast majority of cases it is an attack against the animals. And under all circumstances, any doubts about it should go to the animals’ benefit. They naturally cannot say no to going along with it.”

Jørgensen wants to amend the Animal Welfare Act in 2015 to add bestiality to the list of crimes considered animal abuse.

“When the rules have been tightened in the rest of Europe, there’s a risk that Denmark will be considered a refuge for people with this proclivity,” Jørgensen told AFP. “That’s why I want to send a clear signal that Denmark is not a refuge for people who want to sexually exploit animals.”

Oddly, the president of the Danish government’s Animal Ethics Committee, Bengt Holst, thinks banning the practice of sex with animals is unnecessary. He says the existing version of the Animal Welfare Act already prohibits animal suffering, distress, pain or “lasting harm.” This should be enough, he says — and besides, he wonders if his committee ought to be taking moral stands like this one.

Really, Mr. Holst? If Denmark’s current laws were sufficient, you’d have no thriving underground industry for creeps looking to have wild sex romps with animal prostitutes. What part of this animal welfare issue escapes you?

There’s all sorts of anecdotal evidence that animals aren’t particularly willing sex partners. Consider the story of the sheep farmer in southwest Germany who couldn’t figure out why his flock of sheep went from friendly to skittish around people. He installed a closed circuit camera and discovered a number of men were secretly sexually abusing his sheep during the night. Clearly, the sheep weren’t having any fun.

The Sad, Seedy Animal Sex Industry

The now defunct Danish newspaper 24timer took at look at this industry in 2008. What it found is sad and weird. Individual owners advertise the sexual services of their animals on the internet. Many admitted having done so for several years. Fees for sexual use of an animal can range from $85 to $170.

Underground “erotic zoos” and animal bordellos reportedly flourish, aimed at helping zoophiles get their jollies at the expense of innocent, captive animal sex slaves. Internet discussion boards such as Beast Forum serve as virtual meetinghouses for like minded folk interested in intercourse with animals. If this happens to be your thing, you apparently won’t lack for opportunity in Denmark.

“It could be that the animals don’t really care,” Torunn Knaevelsrud, animal welfare section chief for the Norwegian Food Safety Authority said in 2008 when Norway considered changing its bestiality law. “But I think it is in the nature of the case that animals will often be victims of injury, stress or suffering in connection with sexual acts with humans. Either that they are held fast, or frightened, or suffer pain or physical injury.”

Fortunately, an encouraging 76 percent of Danish citizens support prohibiting bestiality. Those who want this amendment to pass believe that this time it has an excellent shot.

Unfortunately, animal sex tourists need only travel elsewhere — to Romania, Finland or Hungary for example — to find legal avenues for what they crave.

Don’t feel too superior to Denmark, by the way. Bestiality is not specifically illegal in 14 U.S. states, though in 2014 Alabama and New Jersey are working to prohibit this conduct.

Let’s hope more states and countries follow suit. Animals aren’t here to serve as sexual toys for the human race. Must we abuse and debase animals in absolutely every way possible? It seems so, doesn’t it?


Melania Padilla
Melania P3 years ago

I always thought this was a lie; you'd think they are civilized, they are well-read, educated.... WTF! Sick bastards!

Jim Ven
Jim Ven4 years ago

thanks for the article.

Maggie Welch
Maggie D4 years ago

It's been banned in Denmark but not in Romania or Hungry. There is a petition but it's on page 28! I know they rotate petitions but this one has languished at the bottom for weeks. Considering the issue I would think Care2 would give it more exposure. I wrote to help about this but I haven't heard anything from them. Please take time to find and sign the petition and encourage your friends to do the same. Thank you for caring and participating in stopping this heinous, cruel and unspeakable act..

Ellen Cocolin
Ellen Cocolin4 years ago

If there is a ban on bestiallity why are there petitions still going around?? Is it not banned completely? Are we sill trying to convince their government?

Teresa W.
Teresa W4 years ago

well said, Mandy

Mandy H.
Mandy H4 years ago

This should have been done much sooner! I support stopping bestiality, I think it's just as disgusting and wrong as any other sexual crime/sexually motivated crime.
However comparing the animals used for sex to prostitutes is sending the message that all prostitutes are unwilling, which simply isn't true. Not only that but you're also sending the message that prostitutes are animals, which they're not. Prostitutes should be spoken about and treated with respect. Those animals are victims, sex slaves, not prostitutes.

Barbara Dion
Barbara Dion4 years ago

People are the sickest creatures on the planet. The only ones with deliberate cruelty and barbarism in their genes.

I have always known animals are far better, not to toot my own horn, but my sister told me I was ahead of my time. Why can't others be? I did not like Europe when I visited as an 18-year-old in 1969. Something bothered me about these countries...their sexual 'humor' for one. My relatives. The food (ICK...steak and kidney pie!! KIDNEY??)

Finally the world at large is awakening to animal cruelty. I am so happy I lived to see worldwide recognition at last!

Manuela C.
Manuela C4 years ago

Finally! Bestiality is not normal and is never consensual, so it should always be a sex crime!

heather g.
heather g4 years ago

We still have further work to be done Denmark and cannot stop now. See :

Whale and dolphin slaughter in the Faroe Islands

Helene Pedot
Helene Pedot4 years ago

About time! This horror should never, ever be permitted to exist...