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Zoophilia is a technical term for sexual attraction of humans to (nonhuman) animals. It has been increasingly used in popular and furry culture as an alternative to the term bestiality, because it stresses orientation over acts, and is usually regarded as less prejudicial. (For more information on the context and use of the techical term, see: paraphilia.)
It is common misconception that furries are lovers of animals, and (by extension) zoophiles. It is true that a significant proportion of erotic furry artwork and stories involve beings with animal characteristics having sex with each other, or with humans, but it should be noted that the participants are usually anthropomorphic beings. While some furries are zoophiles, the two terms are not synonymous. Most furries do not have any sexual interest in animals in real life, though some may roleplay otherwise in a fantasy scenario.
 Self-Identified Zoophiles versus bestiality
Most people who identify themselves as zoophiles distinguish between zoophilia and bestiality. Though some zoophiles choose to engage in sexual contact with their animal companions, not all do. Zoophiles state that they are lovers of animals, and that sexual contact, when it is done, is an extension of a deeper emotional and perhaps spiritual relationship with the animal, similar in character to the sexual expression between human companions. They sometimes refer to those who have sexual contact with animals without emotional bonds as "beasties," or, more often, "rapists." Zoophiles may draw attention to the distinction between bestiality (an act), and Zoophilia (a sexuality), and to the view that those who have sexual contact with animals without an emotional connection are not zoophiles.
Some self-identified zoophiles also use the term to refer to anyone with the kind of emotional bonds they stress as distinguishing them from bestialists, including those who have no sexual contact with or interest in animals.
ZooWiki was a wiki for the German zoophile community. It was created on May 23, 2005, by Wolfie. It had 89 articles as of October 2006, on topics such as literature, authors, philosophy, events, vendors, anatomy and general trivia. ZooWiki's policies specified that it should not contain explicit or illegal content. ZooWiki was at http://zoowiki.zetapin.de/ (defunct by July 2012)
 See also
- Zoophilia and Your Health (posted on alt.sex.bestiality)
- Zoophilia & Beastiality Information Articles
- Pet Abuse
- Zoophilia in the furry community (AdjectiveSpecies)