Germany’s ruling coalition is calling for a ban on bestiality – or the practice of having sex with animals.
The German parliament’s agriculture committee is considering making it an offence not only to hurt an animal but also to force it into unnatural sex. Offenders could face a hefty fine.
A final vote will be held in the Bundestag (lower house) on 14 December.
Legal animal sex since 1969:
Germany legalised sex between humans and animals (bestiality or zoophilia) in 1969. But now it wants to ban it.
Animal rights groups have campaigned for a change in the law.
With this proposed explicit ban, it will be easier to impose penalties on offenders and to improve animal protection.