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Friday 19 December  

Netherlands bans sex with animals

Published on 3 February 2010 - 10:02am
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The Netherlands has banned sex with animals and animal pornography.

On Tuesday the Upper House finally backed a 2008 Lower House vote in favour of the ban. “Indecent acts” with animals are now punishable with an 18-month prison sentence, and pornography involving animals is explicitly outlawed.

While the Lower House voted unanimously in favour of the bill, in the Upper House there were some who spoke out against a law against bestiality – notably from the conservative VVD and Christian Democrat parties.

VVD senator Sybe Schaap described the legislation as “unworkable”, and the Christian democrats described it as “symbolic politics”.

Opponents of the ban were concerned that vets and farmers carrying out artificial insemination could fall foul of the law. The original term “sexual acts” with animals was therefore changed to “indecent acts”.


The law was originally proposed by the Labour Party with the strong backing of the Animal Rights Party. It aims to put a stop to a flourishing trade in animal pornography based in the Netherlands. 

In surrounding countries sex with animals is already against the law, making the Netherlands an animal porn hub, some estimates say the country produces 80 percent of such material worldwide.

Neighbouring Belgium introduced a ban in 2007, and France passed a similar law in 2004. The United Kingdom has longstanding laws against bestiality.

Other European countries don’t have explicit laws, but prosecute perpetrators under animal welfare legislation. In the United States, more than half the states ban sex with animals, with widely varying penalties. In some states it counts as a misdemeanour, while in others it carries a 20-year jail sentence.


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Sherwin Chen 15 March 2012 - 8:40am / US

Glad that the ban is finally up! I wonder why it took such a long time before this law was enacted. No one in their right mind would condone such acts to animals.

Anonymous 13 April 2011 - 1:02am

Please help me ban insemination experiments altogether in the US NM they are overstepping their cloning stem cell and animal insemination boundaries. This is disgusting and they are taking advantage of law abiding citizens. DMA

rogger 9 September 2010 - 4:11pm

I thought that law was already set a long time ago. Well it's better later than never. There are plenty ways to get access sex, why should any animals be involved?

Anonymous 18 February 2010 - 12:16pm / Holland

I just heard that The Tories have confirmed that they will overturn any hunting ban if they return to power.
So Its perfectly alright for a pack of dogs to chase, catch, and rip live foxes apart.

And experimenting on animals is still going on,

Yet Adults are NOT allowed to play with their pets.

What the hell am I going to do when one of my friends dogs start humping my leg !!!

Anonymous 11 February 2010 - 5:41am / USA

Oh WOW, like this law is going to stop any of this LOL law makers are just as daft as always, what will happen is people will STILL have sex with aniamls as we always have, the 20% of the porn producers will now get rich quick on the new underground market to fill the 80%.
As a bonus, the new law now makes it so animals who may get a minor injury or infection will NOT be treated and may in fact be killed to avoid detection by a veterinarian and running afoul of the law.
Great thinking on everyone's part, they really thought this one through eh?!

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George Kay 6 February 2010 - 5:38pm / Lalaland.

Post coitum omne animal triste.(After coition every animal is sad).

Vera Gottlieb 3 February 2010 - 6:08pm / Germany

How desperate or how sick must an individual be to have sex with an animal? Sick, sick, sick.

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