Denmark's Council for Animal Ethics said on Thursday there was no need to ban sex with animals unless it took place in pornographic films or sex shows.
Only one of the 10 members of the council, set up by the Danish Justice Ministry to establish and uphold animal ethics, wants bestiality expressly forbidden.
The others said current laws provided enough animal protection, according to Danish news agency Ritzau. A senior member of the right wing Danish People's Party was shocked by the recommendation and said the subject should be put to a referendum.
"Then there wouldn't be any doubt about the result," Christian Hansen said. A Justice Ministry spokesman was not available for comment.