Providing resources to legal and law enforcement professionals since 2006
WHAT IS BESTIALITY?
WHERE CAN I LEARN MORE?
WHO DOES IT?
INDIA - In late April, a 29 year-old female law student was viciously raped and murdered in Perumbavoo, Kerala by an unknown suspect.
In late June, police in nearby Kurrupampady were investigating a brutal attack on a goat. A video of that act led police to the killer of the law student.
Increasingly, evidence is mounting that animal torture and mutilation may be linked to human rape and murder.
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 TRAINING
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 our RESOURCES section, you find links to academic publications, research papers and articles, and commentary on current issues.
We also offer specialized TRAINING for enforcement officers,veterinarians, social workers, and legal professionals.
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.
Investigation of a goat rape in India is linked to a brutal murder
By Jenny Edwards