I was just pondering this as I cooked some bacon. As you do.
Pigs are lovely, I'm very fond, but I've no issue with eating them. Lambs too, and all sorts of other animals. And I thought, woudl I eat, say, a dolphin?
Hmm. Probably. Especially if I was really hungry and it was all there was.
And then I thought, well, what about a person.
And do you know, my brain doesn't scream in horror at the idea. If I was marooned on a desert island for eg, with someone else, and they starved to death, I'd probably be ok with cooking and eating what was left of them. And in fact, if someone else did the butchering bit, I'd probably chow down fairly happily.
I've never really thought about it before. But there you go.
I think that if it was a social norm to eat people then I would be fine with it. We are conditioned to see some species as food but not others by our culture. So some nations eat horses and dogs, but we don't because of cultural issues. However I think that there would be big issues around the provenance and whether it was free range.
I'm vegetarian and find the idea of carving up and eating your own kind in an emergency situation a bit less disgusting than the idea of eating a different creature. It's like you'd know more what you were getting and doing with a human.
I think it'd be majorly hypocritical of me to merrily munch on cows, pigs, sheep and chickens, but then freak out over eating another person. If I'm prepared to eat other creatures, I need to be prepared to eat something from my own species.
I've just finished reading The Hunger Games so have been pondering this sort of thing myself today.
Yeah, I would, in a plane-crashed-in-the-Andes situation.
Has anyone ever read the short story 'Survivor Type' by Stephen King? It's about a guy stranded on a desert island, helpfully with heroin, who is so hungry he starts amputating and eating parts of himself...
Hmm....you'd have to be a bit careful, wouldn't you? If they died of starvation, possibly, but if they're dead and you're alive and you've had the same amount of food, you have to wonder if there's some sort of infection that finished them off...