M Jenny Edwards
Criminologist, Independent Researcher
WHAT IS BESTIALITY?
WHERE CAN I LEARN MORE?
WHO DOES IT?
In December, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed into law a bill prohibiting sexual conduct with animals. This has been a long time coming, and apparently just in time.
About two weeks ago Amber Lynn Finney, 33 came to the attention of Trumbull County law enforcement after a video of her having oral sex with a dog surfaced on the Internet.
Finney promised to turn herself in, so stay tuned. [Read More]
ABOUT 5% OF THE POPULATION
There is no single profile that fits all animal sex offenders, just as there is no single profile that fits all human sex offenders.
While the majority of offenders are white, middle-aged men, the number of women and couples has risen in recent years, and cases have been reported worldwide, so ethnicity, race, gender, and even primary sexual preference can vary.
Bestiality has been linked to a number of other criminal acts such as pedophilia, making and distribution of extreme pornography, and aggravated cruelty toward humans and animals.
On this site, you'll find cases grouped by primary behaviors. New cases and updates can be found on our Facebook page.
ARTICLES, RESEARCH, and EDUCATION
Bestiality is a topic that generally provokes a strong reaction, whether its disgust, derision, or discussion.
Although reports of bestiality may seem to be rare, it actually happens far more often than you think, and is likely happening someplace in the world right now.
Based on proprietary research, the number of arrests for bestiality has risen by more than 600% in the past seven years.
In the RESOURCES section, you find links to academic publications, research papers and articles, and commentary on current issues.
I am available for specialized training and guest lectures for enforcement officers,veterinarians, social workers, legal professionals, students, and academics.
THE BEST KEPT CRIMINAL SECRET
Bestiality (sometimes incorrectly referred to as zoophilia) is the intentional sexual conduct or contact between a human and an animal. Penetration may or may not occur. Semen emission may or may not occur. Physical injury may or may not occur. What's important is the sexual motivation or intent of the human toward the animal and how the act is defined by the jurisdiction in which it occurs.
Scott Heiser, an attorney with the Animal Legal Defense Fund, says the lack of bestiality laws in states without them is due more to a lack of awareness than a lack of desire.
Bestiality is specifically illegal in most US states; please check for current laws in your jurisdiction.
Woman tests new Ohio law prohibiting bestiality
January 25, 2017