Germany to ban bestiality under animal welfare law
Germany is to introduce a ban on bestiality with a revision of animal welfare law that will reverse a decision in 1969 to legalise zoophilia.
Animal rights groups have called for the practice to be recognised as animal defilement and rape, using dramatic photographs of animals being cruelly treated by humans for sexual purposes to put pressure on the German government.
Zoophiles, or those who practise bestiality, argue that they treat animals as equals and never force them to do anything against their will.Unsurprisingly, this attempt to ban sex with animals means that "zoophiles" are going to file suit to prevent the Merkel government from pursuing this. And unsurprisingly, American liberals are making the argument that the U.S. needs to catch up with Germany on sexual liberation, as in this follow-up piece in the November 29, 2012 Guardian.
Interestingly, it appears that Germany decriminalized bestiality when they decriminalized homosexuality. Remember when liberals and libertarians were misquoting Senator Santorum to make it appear that he was saying that they were equivalent? He wasn't, of course. He was saying if laws against homosexuality are suspect because they represent a majority view of morality, then what could justify keeping these other laws, which were also based on a majority view of morality? The answer, in German, it appears, was nothing. And even now, it is only concern with animal welfare driving this law--certainly not anything as second millennium as Christianity.