If you were in a survival situation and were forced to eat another person in order to live, would you be put in prison for it?

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If you were in a survival situation and were forced to eat another person in order to live, would you be put in prison for it?

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A dead person? Probably not. A live person? Probably yes.

Presuming they were dead and you weren’t the one to kill them, likely not. Depends on how stringent and specific the laws regarding mistreatment of human remains are in the local jurisdiction I’d imagine. But shy of actual murder, probably no court would want to touch that.

No, there are a few cases of this happening in history. Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 is one example where they had too eat others to survive, very interesting story. In the end I believe the pope had pardoned them even

If they were already dead when you ate them you wouldn’t be charged but you’d have a psychological evaluation and probably be required to see a therapist for a while to make sure you’re ok. If you killed the person then ate them you’d go to prison for murder and cannibalism

Undefinable, but this is only based off of the ambiguity in your questions. The first likely scenario is you killed the person to survive, obviously a crime. Second, the person dies without you facilitating their death. Which would lead to more of a moral argument in court as you would have to defend your position of needing to consume them for your own survival. I don’t know off hand if there exists such laws from eating exotic meats in general, but there might exist the argument of fallacy of ridged generalization of the prosecutor charging you with such crime as you needing to consume such food in order to survive. If anyone agrees or disagrees with this analysis, please feel free to present your argument respectfully as I know nothing about anything and would love to learn from your perspective.

Cannibalism itself mostly exists outside of the law. Murdering is illegal; you might get away with eating a person.

how is this an eli5 question?

A person who was already dead? You’d have the defense of “necessity.” That means that what you did (abuse of a corpse) wasn’t as bad as what would have happened if you didn’t do it (your death.)

A person you killed? You’re going to prison. Necessity cannot be a defense for murder.

Try to starve slower than the other guy.