zoophobia


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zoophobia

[‚zō·ə′fō·bē·ə]
(psychology)
An abnormal fear of animals.
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WE were interested to read yesterday that egghead readers of New Scientist have now uncovered an A-Z of phobias, from alektrophobia (a fear of chickens) to zoophobia (a fear of animals).
("Open-minded creation science" is a triple oxymoron.) Whatever else they were doing, I suspect that the Kansas ayatollahs were also responding to a widespread and pernicious fear: Call it "zoophobia"-- but not fear of zoos, and not the usual phobic fear, occasioned, for example, by seeing animals.
Unlike so many phobias, however, zoophobia is entirely justified, because whatever else human beings may be, we are in fact animals, through and through.