Eva Eriksson, County governor of Värmland (Sweden), has proposed a ban on sex with animals as a part of new animal welfare law. The practice was previously decriminalized in 1944 in Sweden.
”We know that there is a great risk of the animals being used this way are harmed by it,” said Eva Eriksson, County Governor of Värmland, who has been working on the new animal welfare law since 2009, at a press conference.
According to Eriksson, the topic has been up for discussion over a longer period of time and she feels that “major societal changes” warrant a clear prohibition against sex with animals.
”Today it is very easy, on the internet and other places, to encounter animals for sexual intercourse and there are also many more reports of this happening,” said Eriksson.
”This is about people who enter stables and perform sexual actions on horses or cows, which is not natural behaviour for the animal and isn’t ethically justifiable,” Eriksson said.
However, Eriksson added that the sexual stimulation of animals in the context of breeding or as part of veterinary medicine procedures is exempt from the law. Source: www.thelocal.se
Does make you wonder about the reasons for decriminalizing the practise in 1944?