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occupation is exclusively the care of animals. Mirabeau, in the eighteenth
century, stated, on the evidence of Basque priests, that all the shepherds
in the Pyrenees practice bestiality. It is apparently much the same in
Italy. In South Italy and Sicily, especially, bestiality among
goatherds and peasants is said to be almost a national custom. In the
extreme north of Europe, it is reported, the reindeer, in this respect,
takes the place of the goat.
The importance of the same factor is also shown by the fact that when
among women in civilization animal perversions appear, the animal is
nearly always a pet dog. Usually in these cases the animal is taught to
give gratification by _cunnilinctus_. In some cases, however, there is
really sexual intercourse between the animal and the woman.
Moll mentions that in a case of _cunnilinctus_ by a dog in
Germany there was a difficulty as to whether the matter should be
considered an unnatural offence or simply an offence against
decency; the lower court considered it in the former light, while
the higher court took the more merciful view. (Moll,
_Untersuchungen ueber die Libido Sexualis_, bd. i, p. 697.) In a
case reported by Pfaff and mentioned by Moll, a country girl was
accused of having sexual intercourse with a large dog. On
examination Pfaff found in the girl's thick pubic hair a loose
hair which under the microscope proved to belong to the dog.
(_Loc. cit._, p. 698.) In such a case it must be noted that while
this evidence may be held to show sexual contact with the dog, it
scarcely suffices to show sexual intercourse. This has, however,
undoubtedly occurred from time to time, even more or less openly.
Bloch (_Op. cit._, pp. 277 and 282) remarks that this is not an
infrequent exhibition given by prostitutes in certain brothels.
Maschka has referred to such an exhibition between a woman and a
bull-dog, which was given to select circles in Paris. Rosse
refers to a case in which a young unmarried woman in Washington
was surprised during intercourse with a large English mastiff,
who in his efforts to get loose caused such severe injuries that
the woman died from haemorrhage in about an hour. Rosse also
mentions that some years ago a performance of this kind between a
prostitute and a Newfoundland dog could be witnessed in San
Francisco by paying a small sum; the woman declared that a woman
who had once copulated with a dog would ever afterwards prefer
this animal to a man. Rosse adds that he was acquainted with a
similar performance between a woman and a donkey, which used to
take place in Europe (Irving Rosse, "Sexual Hypochondriasis and
Perversion of the Genesic Instinct," _Virginia Medical Monthly_,
October, 1892, p. 379). Juvenal mentions such relations between
the donkey and woman (vi, 332). Krauss (quoted by Bloch,
_Beitraege zur AEtiologie der Psychopathia Sexualis_, Teil II, p.
276) states that in Bosnia women sometimes carry on these
practices with dogs and also--as he would not have believed had
he not on one occasion observed it--with cats. "It seems to me,"
writes Dr. Kiernan, of Chicago, (private letter) "that what Rosse
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