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THE BEST KEPT CRIMINAL SECRET
Bestiality (sometimes incorrectly referred to as zoophilia) is an uncomfortable topic about which there is little reliable information. Defined simply, it is intentional sexually-motivated contact between a person and an animal, and is specifically illegal in most US states and most foreign countries.
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.
WHO DOES IT?
There is no single profile hat 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 child and adult sexual abuse, making and distribution of extreme pornography, and interpersonal violence.
WHERE CAN I LEARN MORE?
Check the fact sheets for quick summaries of statistics and current cases. CASE SUMMARIES are grouped by primary case elements (e.g. aggravated animal cruelty, child pornography, etc.). Cases are updated regularly here, and on Facebook.
In NEWS & EVENTS, you'll find summaries of current and validated research, and information on upcoming training or conference presentations.
Specialized TRAINING is available for enforcement officers, veterinarians, and mental health practitioners, and legal professionals.