Section 213 of the Norwegian Penal Code

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Section 213 of the Norwegian Penal Code was the section defining sexual intercourse between men as well as between people and animals as a crime. The section was repealed on April 21, 1972. It was, among other things, a sodomy law in Norway.

The law text of the section was, until it was repealed (roughly translated):

If indecent intercourse occurs between male persons, those, who have committed or have been accessory to such intercourse, are liable to a term of imprisonment up to 1 year.

Any person, who conducts indecent intercourse with animals, or is accessory to such intercourse, is liable to the same sentence as defined above.

Indictment will only be conducted when necessary by public consideration.»

Currently, the section in regard to zoophilia is affected by the Act on Protection of Animals, but only for abuse of animals. There is no section in effect who itself defines zoophilia as a criminal act. On November 28, 2008, the Minister for Agriculture and Food, Lars Peder Brekk presented a new proposed Act on Protection of Animals, where zoophilia is restricted under Section 13 c (indecent intercourse with animals).

From 1989 to 2000, Section 213 was one of several sections defining specific sexual actions, 213 specifically defined sexual intercourse.

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