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The criminal offense of anal or oral copulation by penetration of the male organ into the anus or mouth of another person of either sex or copulation between members of either sex with an animal.

Buggery is historically referred to as a "crime against nature." It is an offense under both Common Law and statutes. Although prosecution for buggery is rare, the punishment upon conviction can be a fine, imprisonment, or both. The term is often used interchangeably with Sodomy.

See: sodomy


the insertion of the male member into the anus of another person or animal (or an animal's vagina) and an offence in English law. However, over recent years it was first permitted to those over 21 consenting in private, then whether or not in private, and now may be consented to by those 16 or over. A person consenting under 16 does not commit the offence. Non-consensual buggery is now RAPE.

BUGGERY, crim. law. The detestable crime of having commerce contrary to the order of nature, by mankind with mankind, or with brute beasts, or by womankind with brute beasts. 3 Inst. 58; 12 Co. 36; Dane's Ab. Index, h. t.; Merl. Repert. mot Bestialie. This is a highly penal offence.

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TERENCE GOODHALL CARE WORKER, 55 Ex-England water polo player, convicted of 14 indecent assaults and one buggery.
And so this is a characteristic which distinguishes buggery.
Conway, who was given a two year suspended sentence, admitted one count of buggery while Magilton, who was given a four year suspended term, admitted two counts of buggery and one of gross indecency.
David Lightfoot, aged 72, a Wrexham publican in the 1980s from Parklands View, Little Sutton, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, faces five charges of indecent assault on a male, one charge of indecency with a child, one charge of buggery and one attempted buggery.
David Smith is accused of two counts of indecent assault, two of gross indecency and one of buggery in 1984, the Crown Prosecution Service said.
The charges are two counts of indecent assault on a boy under 14 between June 1 and July 21, 1984; two counts of gross indecency with a boy under 14 between the same dates and buggery of a boy under 16 between July 1 and 21, 1984.
Phillip Thompson was convicted by a jury at Inner London Crown Court of five counts of buggery, one of indecent assault and two of taking indecent images of children.
Squires is charged with buggery of a donkey between February 1999 and April the same year, and buggery of a horse between March 5 and 12, 2004.
Langham, 58, of Golford, near Cranbrook, Kent, denies 10 counts of indecent assault and two counts of buggery between January 1996 and April 2000.
States' rights" became imperative to the left when the issue became buggery.
If, however, like my mum and dad, you've worked your guts out, taken nothing in the way of handouts, paid off your mortgage and by some miracle managed to save a few measly quid, then come the death of a partner the State not only taxes you to buggery but says: "Sorry luv - you're on your own.
Brooten date the original Anglo-American buggery ban, 25 Hen.