BERLIN, April 15, 2013 ( – A small group of men who engage in sexual activity with their pets gathered on Berlin's Potsdamer Platz earlier this year to protest a law ratified by the upper house of parliament, the Bundesrat, that bans bestiality.
The lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, passed the legislation late last year as part of a comprehensive animal protection act that brings Germany in line with a European Union directive.
German zoophiles now face fines of up to €25,000 for all forms of sex with animals. 
One of the protesters told the German newsmagazine The Local that a lobby group called ZETA (Zoophiles Engaging for Tolerance and Enlightenment) will appeal the law on the grounds that it was promulgated by animal rights fanatics who spread false propaganda about people who have sex with animals. 
“We feel like criminals. This is all because of fanatical animal rights demonstrators who think we hurt the animals,” said the protester.
Another protester added that criminalizing him for having sex with his dog was discrimination. “We are a minority which is being discriminated and we are going to take this to the courts,” he said.
The pro-bestiality protesters handed out pamphlets to passersby that were reported to say, “We love animals. We reject any kind of force, violence and abuse and it hurts our souls to see animals suffer. We are pro-animal rights but we are being discriminated nevertheless.”
The pamphlet concludes by suggesting that bestiality is now normal, acceptable behavior that is genetically inherited and irreversible.
“We cannot do anything about being zoophiles, and so are trying handling (sic) our inclinations responsibly,” the pamphlet states.
A spokesman for a video production company that produced a documentary about bestiality that was shown in Berlin the day before the demonstration remarked that he believes there are millions of zoophiles in Germany that will be affected by the new legislation.
“Banning it means that millions of people in Germany are criminalized,” the spokesman from the company told The Local.