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German Court Rules Sex With Animals Still Illegal

ULI DECK—AFP/Getty Images The second senate of the Federal Constitutional Court (L to R) Monika Hermanns, Peter Huber, Andreas Voßkuhle, Herbert Landau, Peter Mueller and Doris Koenig stand in the courtroom in Karlsruhe, southern Germany, on February 16, 2016. The European Central Bank defended its never-used scheme to potentially buy unlimited amounts of government debt in Germany's highest court, insisting that such a programme did not overstep its mandate.

Two petitioners said bestiality rules were unconstitutional

A constitutional court in Germany has thrown out a case that attempted to end a ban on sex with animals.

The two complainants wanted the court to consider if German bestiality rules are unconstitutional, the BBC reports, because they say they are sexually attracted to animals. The court, however, ruled that bestiality prohibitions were justified in that they prevent animals from being the victims of sexual assault.

Fines in Germany for forcing animals to participate in “unnatural behavior” could result in fines of up to an amount equal to $27,700.


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