Wikimedia Commons has media related to Zoophilia in art. Pornography involving sex with animals is widely illegal, even in most countries where bestiality itself is not explicitly outlawed. Production and mere possession appears to be legal, however. Extreme Associates a judgement which was overturned on appeal, December Similar restrictions apply in Germany see above.
In New Zealand the possession, making or distribution of material promoting bestiality is illegal. The potential use of media for pornographic movies was seen from the start of the era of silent film. Polissons and Galipettes re-released as " The Good Old Naughty Days " is a collection of early French silent films for brothel use, including some animal pornography, dating from around — Material featuring sex with animals is widely available on the Internet, due to their ease of production, and because production and sale is legal in countries such as Denmark.
Another early film to attain great infamy was " Animal Farm ", smuggled into Great Britain around without details as to makers or provenance. Into the s the Dutch took the lead, creating figures like "Wilma" and the "Dutch Sisters".
Many Hungarian mainstream performers also appeared anonymously in animal pornography in their early careers. For example, Suzy Spark. While primarily underground, there are a number of animal pornography actresses who specialize in bestiality movies.
In the UK Section 63 of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act criminalises possession of realistic pornographic images depicting sex with animals see extreme pornography , including fake images and simulated acts, as well as images depicting sex with dead animals, where no crime has taken place in the production.
The law provides for sentences of up to two years in prison; a sentence of 12 months was handed down in one case in Health and safety Main article: Zoonosis Infections that are transmitted from animals to humans are called zoonoses. Some zoonoses may be transferred through casual contact, but others are much more readily transferred by activities that expose humans to the semen , vaginal fluids, urine , saliva , feces and blood of animals. Examples of zoonoses are Brucellosis , Q fever , leptospirosis , and toxocariasis.
Therefore, sexual activity with animals is, in some instances, a high risk activity. Allergic reactions to animal semen may occur, including anaphylaxis. Bites and other trauma from penetration or trampling may occur. Zoophiles Non-sexual zoophilia The love of animals is not necessarily sexual in nature. In psychology and sociology the word "zoophilia" is sometimes used without sexual implications. Being fond of animals in general, or as pets, is accepted in Western society, and is usually respected or tolerated.
However, the word zoophilia is used to mean a sexual preference towards animals, which makes it  a paraphilia. Some zoophiles may not act on their sexual attraction to animals. People who identify as zoophiles may feel their love for animals is romantic rather than purely sexual, and say this makes them different from those committing entirely sexually motivated acts of bestiality. This one is based on a wolf's penis.
An online survey which recruited participants over the internet concluded that prior to the arrival of widespread computer networking , most zoophiles would not have known other zoophiles, and for the most part, zoophiles engaged in bestiality secretly, or told only trusted friends, family or partners.
The internet and its predecessors made people able to search for information on topics which were not otherwise easily accessible and to communicate with relative safety and anonymity. Because of the diary-like intimacy of blogs and the anonymity of the internet, zoophiles had the ideal opportunity to "openly" express their sexuality. These groups rapidly drew together zoophiles, some of whom also created personal and social websites and internet forums. By around —, the wide social net had evolved.
Further, while the farm boys Kinsey researched might have been part of a rural culture in which sex with animals was a part, the sex itself did not define the community.
The zoophile community is not known to be particularly large compared to other subcultures which make use of the internet, so Weinberg and Williams surmised its aims and beliefs would likely change little as it grew.
Those particularly active on the internet may not be aware of a wider subculture, as there is not much of a wider subculture[ clarification needed ], Weinberg and Williams felt the virtual zoophile group would lead the development of the subculture. Such work is often undertaken as needed by individuals and friends, within social networks, and by word of mouth.
One notable early attempt at creating a zoophile support structure focused on social and psychological support was the newsgroup soc. It was an extension of my affection for the dog and of my discovery of sex.
I wanted to make him feel good. I definitely knew I wasn't going to be talking to my parents or my friends about this. Because of its controversial nature, people have developed arguments both for  and against  zoophilia. Arguments for and against zoosexual activity from a variety of sources, including religious, moral, ethical, psychological, medical and social. Arguments against bestiality Bestiality is seen by the government of the United Kingdom as profoundly disturbed behavior as indicated by the UK Home Office review on sexual offences in Beetz argues that animals might be traumatized even by a non-violent, sexual approach from a human;  however, Beetz also says that in some cases, non-abusive bestiality can be reciprocally pleasurable for both the human and non-human animal.
The HSUS takes the position that all sexual activity between humans and animals is abusive, whether it involves physical injury or not. Frank Ascione stated that "bestiality may be considered abusive even in cases when physical harm to an animal does not occur.
Some defenders of bestiality argue that the issue of sexual consent is irrelevant because many legal human practices such as semen collection , artificial insemination , hunting, laboratory testing , and slaughtering animals for meat do not involve the consent of the animal. Such procedures are probably more disturbing physically and psychologically than acts of zoophilia would be, yet the issue of consent on the part of the animal is never raised in the discussion of such procedures.
To confine the 'right' of any animal strictly to acts of zoophilia is thus to make a law [against zoophilia] based not on reason but on moral prejudice, and to breach the constitutional rights of zoophiles to due process and equality before the law.
Most people can tell if an animal does not like how it is being petted, because it will move away. An animal that is liking being petted pushes against the hand, and seems to enjoy it. To those defending bestiality this is seen as a way in which animals give consent, or the fact that a dog might wag its tail.
In the article "Heavy Petting,"  Singer argues that zoosexual activity need not be abusive, and that relationships could form which were mutually enjoyed. Singer and others have argued that people's dislike of bestiality is partly caused by irrational speciesism and anthropocentrism.
Many even consider themselves to be animal welfare advocates in addition to zoophiles. Often sexual matters are the subject of legal or regulatory requirement. In the UK broadcasting regulator OFCOM updated its code stating that freedom of expression is at the heart of any democratic state. Adult audiences should be informed as to what they will be viewing or hearing, and the young, who cannot make a fully informed choice for themselves, should be protected. Hence a watershed and other precautions were set up for explicit sexual material, to protect young people.
Zoophile activity and other sexual matters may be discussed, but only in an appropriate context and manner. Mention in the media is often comical in nature. References to bestiality are not uncommon in some media, especially adult cartoon series such as Family Guy and South Park , satirical comedy such as Borat , and films especially shock exploitation films , although a few broadcasters such as Howard Stern who joked about bestiality dial-a-date on NBC and Tom Binns whose XFM London Breakfast Show resulted on one occasion in a live discussion about the ethics of zoophilic pornographic movies at peak child listening time have been reprimanded by their stations for doing so.