Crime against nature

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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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Until the world stops its crimes against nature, rain and snow will fall, and heat will beat down when and where they shouldn't.
If found guilty of the crimes against nature law, the violator could be charged with a Class 6 felony that is punishable by a $2,500 fine.
The court assessed that crimes against nature do in fact result in human rights abuses punishable by international law.
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.
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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.
Crimes against Nature by Robert F Kennedy Jr Penguin Books, pb, pp280, 7.