A ban on bestiality has finally been put in place in Denmark. The bill outlawing sexual contact with animals was introduced by Dan Jørgensen, the food and agricultural minister.
Animal rights groups have longed questioned why there was not already a ban in place.
Animal welfare organisation Dyreværnet called today’s action “an important day for the animals”.
“The voice of animals has been heard, and with this new law, we are one step closer to securing better conditions for pets in Denmark,” said Dyreværnet head Signe Sehested Lund.
Passage of the legislation brings Denmark in line with neighbouring countries.
A dog’s life should get better
Bestiality is now punishable by up to one year in prison for a first offence or two years for repeat offenders.
The legislation also included other regulations to protect animal welfare, including ones that restrict where dogs can be bought and sold.