Sweden set to ban bestiality, scrapping legal loophole that made it legal ‘if the animal did not suffer’
Now, animal sex is effectively legal thanks to a bizarre technicality
The new legislation will not be officially enacted until January 1 2014
Anyone caught will face a hefty fine, two-year jail sentence or even both
By Matt Blake
PUBLISHED: 17:00, 14 June 2013
Sweden is to outlaw bestiality for the first time in its history after lawmakers finally ruled a loophole that effectively makes it legal was ‘unacceptable’.
Under current law, sex with animals is permitted as long as the so-called ‘zoophile’ can prove the livestock did not suffer in a bizarre technicality that often leaves suspicious vets as confused as the animals they are treating.
But a public backlash has provoked the government to update the archaic legislation with a blanket ban on all forms of pet-lovemaking regardless of consent.
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