It turns out "erotic zoos" are tough to ignore.
The Daily Telegraph reports that bestiality laws have been off the books in Germany since 1969, but Agriculture Minister Ilse Aigner has agreed to support a law that would make it illegal for people to "use (animals) for their own sexual activities or sexual acts of third parties." The proposed law would also ban the "pimping" of animals to others.
The Daily Mail ties this decision to address bestiality to the recent rise of erotic zoos, where "people can visit to abuse animals ranging from llamas to goats," the paper reports.
The proposed legislation has ruffled the feathers of zoophilia advocates such as Michael Kiok, who told the German newspaper die Tageszeitung that "mere morals have no place in law."
The group Veterinarians Against Zoophilia told Europe Online Magazine that thousands of Germans exchange information online about sex with animals and that some farms rent out animals for sexual exploitation.
The new law would ban these so-called "animal brothels" and also make it illegal to train animals for sex with humans.