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Bestiality and Zoophilia information & resources

Information

Bestiality and zoophilia are widely misunderstood forms of sexual deviance

Cases

Animal sex abuse occurs all over the world and is often connected to other criminal behavior

Laws

Laws vary widely with penalties in the U.S. ranging from 30 days to 20 years

Resources

Research on this issue is growing, and consultation and specialized training are availble

Highlight on research: Pedophiles respond to infant animal photos

October 1, 2021

In 2018, researchers from Germany, Denmark and Belgium published results of a study suggesting that pedophilia (the sexual attraction of adults to children) may be linked to an over-active nurturing system.

The group of neuroscientists showed images of adult and infant animals (dogs, cats, rabbits, pigs, and bears) to a group of 115 adults males - 60 pedophiles and 55 non-pedophiles.

The researchers found that although animal images were not perceived as sexually arousing by either the pedophilic or non-pedophilic men, the pedophilic group did show increased brain activity when shown infant animal images vs. adult animal images.

Based on the area of of the brain where the increased activity occurred, the findings suggest that "the species-specific boundary is absent in pedophiles' brain response to infant animals". In other words, people with pedophilic tendencies may be zoophilic as well.