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Is cannibalism ethical?

Cannibalism - the practice of eating human flesh - is illegal in every country on Earth. What does the morality look like if cannibalism is for survival? What about in matters of life and death? Should having the victim's consent impact the way it is viewed?

Forms of cannibalism already exist in mainstream society

Whether in religious ritual or post-natal diet, forms of cannibalism are already widely accepted.

The Eucharist is metaphorical cannibalism, which emphasizes spiritual sustenance

Religions like Christianity are often said to be cannibalistic because of their belief in the Eucharist. By eating and drinking the bread and wine that symbolizes Christ's body and blood, they practice the very idea they disapprove of.

Consumption of placenta is modern-day cannibalism

Cannibalism exists in the modern world to this very day through notions such as the consumption of the placenta. This practice is disguised by promoting its nutritional value that has no basis in science.

Endocannibalism is a customary rite based on spiritual beliefs

Certain tribal communities in recent history have carried on the practice of endocannibalism to this very day. They believe that it not only brings them closer to their ancestors in spirit but also in wisdom.

Cannibalism has only been viewed as unethical in recent times

The practice has a long history spanning cultures, continents and millennia.

There's archaeological evidence that proves there were cannibal societies

Several human remains excavated from caves around the world showcase signs of early caveman cannibalism. It proves that while this practice is now considered unthinkable, it was definitely part of our ancestry and cannot be ignored.

Cannibalism was once believed to be a powerful cure for disease

In sixteenth-century Europe, feasting on the dead was used as a cure for a range of physical ailments. It also created an invisible and unbreakable bond that tied humanity together with a sense of brotherhood.

It is only ethical when necessary for survival

Unless one's own life depends on cannibalism, it is morally abhorrent.

Cannibalism morality and ethics take a backseat in life or death situations

In rare and extreme examples where survival depends on cannibalism, it is permissible. For example, when survivors of the Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 crash of 1973 turned to cannibalism to survive, the mass media admired their fortitude.

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This page was last edited on Friday, 30 Oct 2020 at 15:12 UTC