A 2008 survey by Alex Osaki that sampled 7000 furries found that 18.4% self-identified as "zoophiles," a horrifying figure when one takes into account that this is a low estimate due to lingering legal and social taboos on bestiality.

The average sociological profile of a furry is a male in his 20s, meaning that the "lifestyle" has exploded in the last decade. Attendance at "fur conventions" has risen from a few hundred in 1990 to over 7000 at Anthrocon today.

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