Bestiality brothels are spreading through Germany thanks to a law that makes sex with animals legal, a livestock protection officer has warned.
Madeleine Martin told the Frankfurter Rundschau that current laws were not protecting animals from predatory zoophiles who are increasingly able to turn to bestiality as a 'lifestyle choice'. She highlighted one case where a farmer in the Gross-Gerau region of southwest Germany, noticed his once friendly flock of sheep were beginning to shy away from human contact.
'There are now animal brothels in Germany,' Martin told the paper, adding that people were playing down the issue by by describing it as a 'lifestyle choice'.
Armed with a host of similar case studies, Ms Martin is now calling for the government to categorically ban bestiality across the country.Stay Connected With Us
Last November German authorities said they were planning to reinstate an old law forbidding sex with animals after a sharp rise in incidents of bestiality along with websites promoting it.
Parliament began debating changes to the national Animal Protection Code with the agricultural committee of the Bundestag pledging fines of up to £20,000 for a first offence.
Bestiality dropped off the statute books as a crime in 1969 but in recent years the number of people believed to be participating in such acts has increased significantly.
There are even 'erotic zoos' which people can visit to abuse animals ranging from llamas to goats.
Hans-Michael Goldmann, chairman of the agriculture committee, said the government aimed to forbid using an animal 'for individual sexual acts and to outlaw people 'pimping' creatures to others for sexual use.'
German 'zoophile' group ZETA has announced it will mount a legal challenge should a ban on bestiality become law.
'Mere concepts of morality have no business being law,' said ZETA chairman Michael Kiok.
When the 1969 law banning sex with animals was banned the Animal Protection Law was introduced, but it failed to include a specific ban on zoophilia.
The terms bestiality and zoophilia are the formal names for having sex with animals for pleasure.