But I’m most interested in looking more closely at the possible positive effects of a good sex life,” says Professor Christian Graugaard, a lead-scientist on Project SEXUS from the Sexology Research Centre at Aalborg University.“For example, other scientists have suggested that men have a lower risk of prostate cancer when they ejaculate more frequently, but is there any truth to this?
The study will be able to cast new light on issues such as this,” he says.
But the welfare of the animals was never the issue.
Today it’s a little different, with the animals’ safety being the main concern.
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Almost 200,000 randomly selected people in Denmark will have the opportunity to take part in the world’s largest population study into sexual habits.
We’re asking the public to answer some very personal questions, which they may not normally speak to other people about,” says project leader Morten Frisch, a doctor in the Department for Epidemiology Research at Statens Serum Institute, Denmark, and an adjunct professor of sexual health epidemiology at Aalborg University.“We’re naturally excited because such an investigation has never been made in such detail before,” he says.
Professor Björn Forkman from the University of Copenhagen’s section for animal welfare and disease control has also reviewed the literature.
He says it’s a common belief that animals only have sex to reproduce -- but this is wrong.“Hand on your heart, how often do you have sex solely for the sake of reproduction? “The truth is we have sex because it feels good.”According to him the same could be true for animals.“There are countless of examples of animals that masturbate: dolphins and whales have sex with each other in the blowholes and quite a lot of species practice anal sex,” he says.
People caught in the act were often punished by execution.
Modern Danish law does not forbid sex with animals -- as long as the well-being of the animal is not endangered.