Perhaps no group that would go public -- least of all people who actually have sex with animals. This is zoophilia, and the people call themselves "zoos" -- a term that separates them from people who commit bestiality. That, say zoos, is rape, an act of aggression and domination. Whereas
In the course of reporting on this legislation, I've had a correspondence with a 50-something man in the upper Midwest, a small businessowner, who says that he is a zoo. In exchange for a guarantee of anonymity, he agreed to let me publish the answers to his questions. For the purposes of this article, I'll call him James.
Having admitted to James that I knew very little of zoophilia, I asked whether zoos' attractions are typically confined to a single type of animal, or if they extend a variety of animals. He told me:
The most common animals would be the dog and horse, but of course all domestic animals you would find - cow, sheep, goat, donkey etc., and both genders.
In general those who are raised around horses are more inclined to be attracted to horses, and the same goes for dogs, but there certainly are many cross-overs who are not involved with just one species and may have dogs as well as horses (or other animals). Every animal is different and each has their own uniqueness.
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I asked James whether he knew whether he knew zoophilia was more common among people of a particular demographic group -- age, sex, ethnicity, religious beliefs, education, profession. He told me it occurred across a complete demographic spectrum.
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Note: Movie trailer for the documentary based on that man's story is at the top of this post.
More from my interview with James later today.