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WASHINGTON (WUSA) - When we saw the Associated Press story this morning titled "Germany moves to ban bestiality", several of the members of our web team here at WUSA9 responded, "It wasn't banned already?"

Apparently it wasn't officially.

According to the AP report, a source says that the country's Parliament "is close to passing a law explicitly banning bestiality" because animal rights groups and tabloids are pushing for the current legislation to be clarified.

"Max Lehmer, a lawmaker with Chancellor Angela Merkel's governing coalition, said Wednesday after a meeting of Parliament's agriculture committee that the ban would make sex with animals punishable with a fine," the AP report reads.

The debate was kicked off in October when a tabloid in Berlin called BZ featured a photo of a man holding his dog on the front page with a headline that read "We Call It Sodomy, He Calls It Love".

A vote on the potential change is reportedly expected in December.

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