In a sample of 114 male zoophiles obtained through a website that catered to a network of people sexually interested in animals, some were only attracted to a particular breed of a given animal, or only to male animals, or only to female animals, or to animals of both sexes.(1) 25% labeled themselves “heterosexual,” 17% “homosexual,” and 58% “bisexual.” About half of the sample mentioned a “strong” sexual interest in humans; specifically, 17% were strongly interested in men, 17% in women, and 13% in both the sexes. Over their lifetime, 9% reported 10 or more women sex partners, 9% reported 10 or more men sex partners, and 17% reported no human partner ever. In the year before their assessment, three-fourths reported no sex with a woman, almost two-thirds reported no sex with a man, 12% reported sex with a woman at least 20 times, and 12% reported sex with a man at least 20 times. Men who preferred female animals were attracted to “sexy eyes,” “gait,” “wiggle of the hip,” body shape, “gracefulness,” and “elegance.” Men who preferred male animals were attracted to muscularity, “smell of the genitalia,” and size of the genitalia and “assholes.” Of 58 men who had had sex with a dog, 63% had received anal intercourse from dogs. Of 42 men who had had sex with a horse, 32% had received anal intercourse from horses.(1) The data suggest a relative underrepresentation of exclusively heterosexual individuals among zoophilic men.
Table 1 suggests that both bisexuals and exclusive homosexuals are relatively overrepresented among men and women having sex with animals.
|Table 1: Erotic interests in a sample of 158 men and 28 women engaging in sex with animals; several individuals possess multiple erotic orientations (data obtained from zoophilia.net).|
|Men sexually interested in...||Women sexually interested in...|
|Orientation toward...||...both sexes||...men||...women||...none||...both sexes||...men||...women||...none|
|...humans||41 (26%)||16 (10%)||68 (43%)||32 (20%)||12 (43%)||13 (46%)||03 (11%)||0 (0%)|
|Notes: The distinction between zoophilia and bestiality, according to the author, appears to involve emotional involvement; zoophilia referring to both emotional and physical involvement and bestiality referring to physical involvement only.|
Many zoophiles feel jealous when it comes to someone else sexually sharing the animal partner they have sex with.(1) For instance, Earls and Lalumiere described a zoophilic man incarcerated for the fourth time for sexually violating a horse; all his prior offenses consisted of molesting a horse.(2) His most recent offense was insertion of his arm into the vagina of a mare, leading to vaginal rupture and subsequent death of the mare. He had done it out of jealously after the mare had displayed some interest in a stallion.(2)
- Williams CJ, Weinberg MS. Zoophilia in men: a study of sexual interest in animals. Arch Sex Behav 2003;32(6):523-35.
- Earls CM, Lalumiere ML. A case study of preferential bestiality (zoophilia). Sex Abuse 2002;14(1):83-8.