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Sweden to outlaw sex with animals

Published torsdag 13 juni 2013 kl 10.24
Erland Erlandsson, Minister of Rural Affairs. Janerik Henriksson/Scanpix

Following years of debate and procrastination, the Swedish parliament has finally agreed to pass a law against bestiality – the practice of having sex with animals.

Cruelty to animals is already a crime in Sweden, but there has been no law which explicitly prohibits sex with animals.

"We suggest a specific prohibition against sexual assault on animals. This is a ban which has been demanded by all animal owners, as well as all Swedish people," said Eskil Erlandsson of the Center Party, Sweden's Minister of Rural Affairs.

The move has been welcomed by Sweden's Veterinary Association which has long argued for a ban.

"We think it is very positive and this is an important declaration, that this is not acceptable," says Johan Beck-Friis, head of information at the Swedish Veterinary Association to news agency TT. 

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