As public outcry against a decision by Copenhagen's Zoo to slaughter a baby Giraffe called Marius grows, outraged observers in social media have claimed that such an activity is linked to the fact that bigger profanities such as bestiality or 'zoophilia' is permitted in Denmark.
On Sunday, the news of the two-year-old Giraffe being killed sparked a spate of online outrage after a bid to save the animal by thousands of people failed. The animal was killed, despite other zoos such as the Yorkshire Wildlife Park in Britain offering to give Marius a new home.
Thousands of people had also signed an online petition to stop the killing. The incident that has widely been called an 'outrageous murder of a poor animal' was justified by Denmark citing European laws on inbreeding.
"What do we expect from a Country (that) has not made Bestiality illegal?" said a Facebook user, Sandra Plowman reacting to IBtimes' article, which pointed to the fact that Sunday's live footage from the zoo showed disturbing images of the giraffe being dissected.
"What can you expect from a place that has legal animal brothels? Denmark is disgusting," said another individual with a profile name, Little Wing.
Although there is no evidence suggesting a link between Sunday's killing of the giraffe to an act of bestiality, Copenhagen's decision to put down the animal has been widely considered another example of the country's record on brutality against animals - which includes tolerance towards growing trend of sex between humans and animals.
It is important to underscore that Sunday's incident only helped in gaining more attention on the issue of bestiality, even if the killing was not related to such an act.
In countries like Denmark and Norway, laws are fairly open when it comes to a person's legal right to engage in sexual activity with an animal. The law states that doing so is perfectly legal as long as the animal concerned is not harmed. Icelandic news publication, Ice News reported citing a Danish newspaper 24timer in a 2008 article that this outrageous gap in the law has led to a flourishing business in which people pay for engaging in sex with animals.
Danish animal owners advertise openly that they offer sex with animals, without intervention from police or other authorities, the Danish newspaper was cited as saying. Animals involved reportedly have many years of experience and they actually crave the sexual stimulation. Animal owners charge from DKK 500 to 1000 (USD 85 to 170), the newspaper found.
Pornographic movies involving the act of bestiality are also widely available in the internet, especially because production and sale of such materials are legal in countries such as Denmark.