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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.
buggerythe 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.