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Should cannibalism be given a lighter sentence than murder/manslaughter since it's less wasteful?

Asked by King_Pariah (11484points) September 12th, 2011
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Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

Were those going to be eaten killed, or died of natural causes or accident? If someone died or an accident or some natural cause and wanted to donate their body for anyone who had the audacity to eat them, I say logically there should be no penalty at all.

rooeytoo's avatar

OMG, I just really don’t have a clue how to answer this question?????

Hibernate's avatar

Depends. If they don’t kill the “food” I don’t see why they should be given a sentence at all.

woodcutter's avatar

The people who killed Jeffry Dahmer didn’t think so. He was a bad, bad man.

marinelife's avatar

Absolutely not. Once the person is killed, it matters not what happens to the body. They are still dead.

King_Pariah's avatar

For the sake of amusement, I’m going to say they were spit roasted alive.

ddude1116's avatar

I think cannibalism is perfectly natural; the most intimate of meals.

6rant6's avatar

There could be social value to other forms of murder. For example, if you blow someone up with fireworks, many people may be entertained. If you murder someone who wears their pants with their butt showing by shooting them in the butt, you may deter future fashion felonies. If you kill someone then feed them to whales, you are supporting wildlife…probably get some naked PETAns to come out and take a picture with you.

Seems like it would be a lot of work to decide which forms of murder (and after) deserve what kinds of sentence reduction.

AshLeigh's avatar

Hahahahaha. I don’t know how to answer this, but it’s an amazing question:)
You made my day. :D


Only if it was meant for survival. If a man eats his dead wife and children after getting stranded in the Arctic, because he was starving to death, that shouldn’t be a crime at all. But if he kills them and then eats them, then that’s a definite no-no.

bea2345's avatar

Cannibalism in humans is not exactly safe. Apparently there is a protein, called a prion which, when deformed can cause transmissible spongiform encephalopathy diseases, such as Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease and kuru. These are transmitted by consuming the flesh of an infected organism, in the case of kuru, a human body.

King_Pariah's avatar

@bea2345 actually a Prion is a deformed protien. A well known prion is bovine spongiform encephalopathy also known as Mad Cow Disease

bea2345's avatar

@King_Pariah – I stand corrected. About the original question, cannibalism is not ordinarily a capital crime unless it included the murder of the victim. But it is probably safe to say that desecration of a body is an offense in many countries.

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