Duhaime's Law Dictionary


Zoophilia Definition:

A significant disturbance of sexual function where the object of the sexual energy is an animal.

Related Terms: Bestiality, Sodomy, Buggery

"Zoopholia," wrote Justice Goldenhersh of Appellate Court of Illinois in Belleville v Family Video Club, "is sexual behavior between humans and animals." More precisley, zoophilia is the term given to the mental disorder of one who is sexually attracted to animals.

In law, the acts of an individual who in fact engages in sexual activity with an animal is a crime known as bestiality or the derivative, buggery. But it is more recently supported by the suggestion by the medical community of a mental disorder known as zoophilia as set out herein.

In People v P.T., the trial court repeated this expert evidence of a psychiatrist:

"A paraphilia is a significant disturbance of sexual function where the impulses are discharged in channels that are not normal for human adults. If the object of the sexual energy is a child, the disturbance is labelled pedophilia; if the object of the impulse is an animal, the label is zoophilia."

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