I was in for bit of a shock today. I went out for a walk and cut through Medborgaplatsen in Södermalm. I noticed a few animal rights protestors with a wallpapering table, posters and leaflets. To be honest I just assumed it was anti-vivasection or experimentation.
It was only on a second glance that I realised this was no ordinary protest. This was calling for the Swedish Goverment to outlaw…wait for it…. sex with animals!!!
Apparently it is legal here and in Denmark to have sex with animals. There were some rather ghastly photographs of bestiality on the posters. Yuck!
I am not sure why this is the case, I am hoping its some sort of legal loophole that has never been tied up. It must be surely?
I cannot understand how a country which publishes 15 pages of guidelines for dog owners that regulate everything from air quality to access to sunlight and social contact for companion animals. Apparently the guidelines include how often dogs should get a walk and how long they can be left alone for.
Also there is strong legislation with regards prostitution in Sweden. For instance, the prostitute breaks no crime offering her services, the crime is on the guy who pays for it. So a prostitute is protected by government laws whereas animals arent?
If any readers know any more about this subject, as unsavoury as it is then I would be interested in your comments. I can understand most political directions but this one I cant fathom.
Filed under: Our Man in Stockholm