In two EU countries it’s legal to have sex with a live pig – but not to marry someone of the same sex.
Looking at today’s headlines, we’re reassured that sexual acts between humans and living animals are resoundingly against the law in the UK.
However in two European countries, Romania and Finland, there are no laws prohibiting sex with animals… despite laws prohibiting who you can marry.
In Romania, there is no legal recognition at all for same-sex couples, with proposals to introduce civil unions near-unanimously rejected last year by the country’s Senate.
But it continues to be legal to have sex with animals in the country, with the country’s penal code failing to criminalise the act.
The law also on bestiality also remains vague in Hungary, where same-sex marriage is also banned. Though some sources report that bestiality is banned in Hungary under laws criminalising unnatural acts, it is not specifically outlawed.
Elsewhere – and this one really takes the bacon – there’s no law in Finland banning sex with animals, despite neighbouring Denmark opting to finally introduce such regulations earlier this year.
At the same time, Finland is the only one of the Nordic countries that continues to ban same-sex weddings – though public proposals to introduce equality have been given approval. Weddings do not begin until 2017.