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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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Henry stepped in to police religious morals, and righteously smote the monasteries where sins like buggery had been profligate; or so the pretext ran.
A former milkman, then aged 40, denied the buggery of M's 12-year-old son but was convicted of the charge.
Moreover, Warnicke touches on a further issue very resonant for Perkin Warbeck when she argues that the fall of Anne Boleyn can be linked not only to her miscarriage and to accusations of witchcraft against her but also to breaches of the Buggery Statute - the same law that a century later was to ensnare the Earl of Castlehaven.
The court was told the buggery allegation can only be heard at the crown court, so all the other charges should be heard there too.
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.
Derek Way denies 18 charges, four of indecent assault upon a boy, one charge of attempted buggery, two charges of inciting the boy to have sex with the girl, seven charges of indecent assault upon the girl, and four rape charges by allegedly compelling her to have sex with other men.
King was found guilty by a jury at the Old Bailey and sentenced to seven years in prison for indecent assaults, buggery and attempted buggery on five teenagers during the 1980s.
Conway escaped jail earlier this month despite admitting a buggery charge.
Despite the report's own pessimism about the prospects for success, the Navy decided to go full steam ahead with its crackdown on buggery at sea.
Offences such as buggery, gross indecency and soliciting by men will be swept away, while protection against rapists, paedophiles and other perverts will be tightened.
Prince Charles's inquiry into back-handers, backstabbers, bungling and buggery will, we are told, be full, fearless, totally committed to openness and no whitewash.
BY the summer a new law will be on our statute book making it legal for older men to commit acts of buggery on schoolboys over the age of 16.