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crime against nature

n. an old fashioned term for sodomy (anal sexual intercourse), which has been a crime in most states. Several states have removed consensual anal intercourse between consenting adults from the crime. However, in Indiana an ex-wife insisted on a criminal charge of sodomy being filed against her former husband, even though the act was consensual and during their marriage, and was convicted. The term is also applied to sexual intercourse between a human and an animal (bestiality) which is a crime in most states. (See: sodomy, bestiality)

CRIME AGAINST NATURE. Sodomy. It is a crime not fit to be named; peccatum horribile, inter christianos non nominandum. 4 Bl. Com. 214. See Sodomy.

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3, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Organic Consumers Association (OCA), IFOAM International Organics, Navdanya, Regeneration International (RI), and Millions Against Monsanto, joined by dozens of global food, farming and environmental justice groups announced today that they will send Monsanto MON (NYSE), a US-based transnational corporation, to a tribunal for crimes against nature and humanity, and ecocide, in The Hague, Netherlands, next year on World Food Day, October 16, 2016.
if the ending seems over-the-top, well, the author--who has a degree in environmental policy--might say that our crimes against nature are just as absurd.
9 when he was arrested for molestation of a juvenile and aggravated crimes against nature.
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The 14 and 16-year-olds arrested last Saturday who were also released yesterday face charges of crimes against nature and indecent assault.
More than 43,000 Reserve residents have participated in some kind of environmental effort, from creating recycling centers and education campaigns, to forming volunteer brigades that fight forest fires, plant native pines on degraded slopes, restore watersheds, and report crimes against nature.
Crimes against nature are, by extension, crimes against humanity.
To focus the discussion, I explore the potential scope of ecological intervention and defense in relation to three different categories of environmental harm: (1) major environmental emergencies with transboundary spillover effects that threaten public safety in the wider region; (2) ecocide or crimes against nature that also involve genocide or serious human rights violations (irrespective of spillover effects); and (3) ecocide or crimes against nature that are confined within the territory of the offending state and which involve no serious human rights violations.
Unlike Karl Jacoby's Crimes Against Nature (Berkeley, 2001), or Louis Warren's The Hunter's Game (New Haven, 1997), Dunaway chooses to write out of the story women, racialized people, and the working class, even as he notes the gendered, racial, or class-based hues of natural images.
Fussell quotes a review of Edmund Blunden's Undertones of War, which says of the author that "the sight of a rich and fruitful land, much like his own, laid waste was an additional torment" (Great 259); Tolkien describes many places blighted by the Enemy as once having been fair and green (the Wizard's Vale comes to mind), making his crimes against nature all the darker.
These observations serve as the starting point for Karl Jacoby's Crimes against Nature, a superb integration of environmental and social history which reminds us of the "profound social implications" that lie at the heart of natural resource policies (p.
Gober, a slick Poussin, is spelling out our crimes against nature, and against ourselves.