Cannibalism is not something people want to think about a few days after Thanksgiving, but it’s in the news again.
“A German police officer has been arrested on suspicion of killing and chopping up a man he met on the Internet who had long fantasized about being killed and eaten.” Authorities have not been able to determine if the killer had eaten any of his victim, but the intent was there.
But is it morally wrong to kill and eat someone if the person who wants to be killed and eaten agrees to be killed and eaten?
This question was asked before in the famous German cannibal case. Was is it about Germans who want to be killed and eaten?
Armin Meiwes, another German and a real-life cannibal who ate Bernd Jürgen Brandes who had responded to the following advertisement posted by Meiwes, “looking for a well-built 18 to 30-year-old to be slaughtered and then consumed.”
This was described as a “tricky case” for the German justice system “because Cannibalism is not a recognised offence under German law” and the defense argued that “since the victim volunteered,” it was not murder.
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