Zoophilia in men: a study of sexual interest in animals

Arch Sex Behav. 2003 Dec;32(6):523-35. doi: 10.1023/a:1026085410617.


This article presents a study of 114 self-defined zoophile men who were researched primarily through the use of an on-line questionnaire. We describe how the participants acquired the identity label of zoophile, what it meant to them, and their relationships among themselves. Also examined are how they eroticized animals and how human and feral characteristics combined to form this object choice. Finally, participants' sexual profiles with animals and humans, and how the balance of animal and human desires creates different forms of zoophilia, are described.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Animals
  • Australia
  • Europe
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • New Zealand
  • Paraphilic Disorders / psychology*
  • Self Disclosure*
  • Sexual Behavior / psychology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States