Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 38, Issue 4, pp 605-609

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A Case Study of Preferential Bestiality

  • Christopher M. EarlsAffiliated withDépartement de psychologie, Université de Montréal
  • , Martin L. LalumièreAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology (UHall), University of Lethbridge Email author 

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In a previous article, we presented phallometric data to illustrate a case of preferential bestiality or zoophilia (Earls & Lalumière, Sex Abuse: J Res Treat, 14:83–88, 2002). Based on the available literature, we argued that a marked preference for having sex with animals over sex with humans is extremely rare. In the present article, we describe a second case of zoophilia that challenges the widely held assumptions that men who have sex with animals are generally of below average intelligence and come from rural areas. In addition, we provide a brief review of a burgeoning quantitative literature using large groups of zoophiles recruited from internet sources. Although estimates of the prevalence of zoophilia are not possible at this time, it appears that zoophilia is not as rare as once thought and shares many features with other atypical sexual interests.


Zoophilia Bestiality Paraphilias