Banning sex with animals seems like a pretty obvious move in any civilized society, but it took a rise in bestiality tourism for Denmark to make a move.
Norway, Sweden and Germany have outlawed bestiality in the past three years, which has led to an increase in underground animal sex tourism in Denmark, according to The Independent. The ban is supported by 76% of Danes, per a recent Gallup poll.
"I have decided that we should ban sex with animals," Danish Minister of Food and Agriculture Dan Jørgensen told local news outlet Ekstra Bladet. “The most important is that in the vast majority of cases it is an attack against the animals." He added that animal sex is damaging Denmark's international reputation.
Jørgensen is proposing an amendment to the Animal Welfare Act for 2015.
The act already makes harm against animals illegal, so Bengt Holst, the head of Denmark's animal ethics committee, says an amendment is unnecessary. Despite Holst's point on the current law, however, Denmark has gotten recent attention for animal sex tourism.
In May, VICE reported on animal sex tours that have been getting attention since 2007.