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luckytoad2's avatar

Why is cannibalism frowned upon by society?

Asked by luckytoad2 (21points) December 14th, 2010

Ok so I’ve read about cannibals and what people taste like, but I want to know why others think its wrong. I mean it’s not like I go out and kill people to eat them or anything, but if offered I would try some people meat.

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world_hello's avatar

Would you eat a cow that was in a field that had died without you knowing why? I wouldn’t. I would need to make sure the meet is healthy and not littered with disease. To apply this to humans I would need to kill them or watch them be killed.

Trillian's avatar

Gosh, I can’t imagine. Whose family member would you wana try? Have you considered completing your education first?

Cruiser's avatar

I will offer up my next door neighbors. They may look confused at first and put up a bit of a struggle…but I bet they would taste real good. Enjoy!

Blackberry's avatar

You have to be aware that people who are already dead are treated respectfully by their loved ones, right? People have ritualistically buried their dead for a long time. Maybe if we were in a time when we didn’t have other forms of food everywhere…....

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

It would cut down on funeral costs if the guest of honor was also the main course.

coffeenut's avatar

We would need people farms… areas for some to run and play…. some we can lock in boxes just give them a computer/box to keep them busy…
Could work…

rts486's avatar

You could always volunteer yourself to be eaten first.

ucme's avatar

Oh I dunno, the wife & I often gobble….feed off each other ;¬}

deni's avatar

Most people generally agree that murder is wrong….I guess if you disagree with that then you also wouldn’t see a problem with cannibalism. Most people want all their limbs so I think the only way you’re gonna eat them is if you kill them….then you’re just diggin yourself a real hole as far as legal stuff goes lol.

aprilsimnel's avatar

Soylent Green is people! [/obligatory reference]

marinelife's avatar

You could just cut off part of your body and cook it up in order to taste people. How do you feel about that idea?

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@marinelife Gives a new meaning to finger foods.

wundayatta's avatar

Oh @marinelife That’s what I was going to suggest, too. Like that climber who got trapped under a rock and had to cut off his own arm to escape.

Coloma's avatar

I don’t know of any species that eat their own kind except some fish and/or unless it is in the name of concealing dead offspring from predators that threaten the surviving members of a species. I might be wrong, but, seems to me this might have truth to it.

aprilsimnel's avatar

@Coloma, brown bears will eat younger bears if they’re hungry enough. I learned that when I read up on Tim Treadwell.

Coloma's avatar


Hmm, interesting. I have the Tim treadwell dvd, ‘Grizzly man’, he was nuts, likeable but nuts. haha

filmfann's avatar

Soylent Green is people!!!

cookieman's avatar

I don’t know for sure, but…h-hey. Why are you all looking at me like that? Ahhh…@filmfann, put down that knife. Why’s @Coloma starting a camp fire?

Um, I-I gotta go…um, organize my sock draw. Aaahh, bye now.

YARNLADY's avatar

Soylent green is the answer to world wide starvation. 20,000 people starve to death every single day of the year.

filmfann's avatar

@YARNLADY That number seems incredible. I tried to find a source online, and the numbers vary wildly, from 18,000 to 40,000 per day. 6,000 in India alone.
This will give me nightmares!

anartist's avatar

Do you want to “grok” the essence of your dearest departed like Robert Heinlein describes in Stranger in a Strange Land,, acquire the skills of your slain enemies like South Sea Islanders, or enjoy the epicurean delights culminating in “long pig” described in Stanley Ellin’s short story, The Specialty of the House [until your month’s dining is up and you are invited to “tour the kitchens”?

Or do you just want to survive weeks on a raft at sea or stranded in the Andean Mountains?

@YARNLADY ah, yes, Soylent Green—but not very tasty. Or was it used as fertilizer?

YARNLADY's avatar

Soylent Green tastes very much like uncooked egg noodles. For the full taste experience, it should be cooked in Soy broth.

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