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Horsing around

The week's news at a glance.

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Swedes who have sex with horses should be more gentle, Sweden’s main animal-rights group said this week. Bestiality is legal in Sweden, as long as the animal is not harmed. But a report released this week that looked at more than 200 cases of human-animal sex—161 involving horses, 18 with dogs, and 17 involving cattle—found that many of the animals had genital injuries. The government commissioned the report last year after veterinarians noted a rise in sexual abuse of animals. The Swedish Animal Welfare Agency said stricter laws were needed to protect animals from harm during sex with humans, although it stopped short of calling for a ban.

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