posted on May, 4 2005 @ 01:56 PM
I don't think it's accurate to say animals don't eat their own. Many animals do, habitually even.
The mantis, various snakes, spiders, even chimpanzees. The list is much more extensive, but I think the point has been made sufficiently.
I don't see any reaon why cannibalism should be illegal. Murder, yes. Cannibalism, who's to say what one can eat? The laws that prevent
cannibalism are those which target the peripheral activities that most cannibals take part in. Laws like improper disposal of human remains, murder,
grave robbing, etc..
I wouldn't sign up to be eaten, and so I have no worry that I will become the victim of a consensual cannibal. The laws don't need to protect me
from my own bad decision making.
The state isn't a nanny, remember. The state is designed to prevent us from hurting each other, to resolve disputes, and to regulate trade, along
with dealing on an international level with our enemies and allies, either through diplomacy or military action. The state was never designed to
police its own citizens in terms of what they can wear, who they can date, or what they can put in their bodies.
If you're sick/stupid enough to sign up to get killed and eaten, well, frankly, society doesn't need you. There are certainly people who seek help
for sick fantasies, and for the most part they get that help. Those who won't seek help are at the mercy of their own flaws. As nature intended.