“Cannibalism as a Food Source” or “People – the Other White Meat” or “Buddy, Can You Lend a Hand?”

You knew it’d be coming as a blog post eventually – didn’t you?
Oh yes, it’s time for the TEOTWAWKI taboo!

The news broke yesterday that former Liberian President Charles Taylor, being tried for war crimes, ordered his militiamen to kill and eat African peacekeepers and even some United Nations personnel. Errrrrr . . . . . ummmm . . . . yum? The witness testifying said the cannibalistic acts was a mixture of taking vengeance and a “practical need for food.”


Prodded under cross-examination by defense lawyer Courtenay Griffith, Marzah gave a sometimes-graphic description of cannibalism that altered between the ritual taking of vengeance and the practical need for food. “Did Charles Taylor order you to eat people?” Griffith asked.

Yes, to set an example for the people to be afraid,” Marzah replied. He appeared unfazed by Griffith’s blunt queries, and responded in matter-of-fact tones to such questions as “How do you prepare a human being for the pot?”

Marzah then described the splitting, cleaning, decapitating and cooking of the corpse with salt and pepper. “We throw your head away,” he said.

News source is here.

Cannibalism, is it a TEOTWAWKI food source? Of course it is, the question is more – could you dine? Would you dine? I don’t think the question can be fully answered until you find yourself in a situation where it’s either death or George’s left leg down your gullet into your gut. Yeah, yeah, “Not me, not ever. I’d rather DIE!” Okay, that may be the case, but what if you’re in a situation like the Donner Party? You leave others behind to go for help. If you die – they die. Would it be selfish at that point to refuse a little bicep if your refusal meant others croak? What if you have kids? Would you watch them starve to death before feeding them Fred?

What if you were in a situation like that of the 1972 incident when a rugby team’s plane crashed in the Andes? A few went down the mountain for help, and in order for the rest to survive, they had to dine on dead passengers. They made that action into a move – Alive. Desperate times call for desperate measures.

Think on that today. I gotta go get ready for work, gotta eat breakfast.


– Ranger Man

16 comments… add one
  • noisynick March 14, 2008, 7:16 am

    The food of truly last resort…………… Because you can never go back it might be necessaryand the thing to do at some future time but exhausting other options totally would be first.
    Although a nice young thigh seasoned to perfection on the grill does have some appeal
    Bon Appetite

  • Canibal Hunter March 14, 2008, 7:56 am

    In Rawles book Patriots, two individuals approach the group and are stopped to be searched. The group finds human body parts (canibal food) and executes the canibals on the spot. Canibals get similar treatment in SM Stirling’s Dies the Fire series – become a canibal and you loose your right to be part of the human race and are pretty much executed on site.

  • Rushman March 14, 2008, 9:08 am

    I would just have to say that I hope it would never come to that. No one can say they wouldn’t unless they were in that situtation. Me personally I would hope I could live off grub and bark soup LOL.

  • knight_308 March 14, 2008, 1:04 pm

    To make things worse, in Patriots, the “food” was little children.

  • ryan March 14, 2008, 2:19 pm

    I prep so I do not have to resort to long pork. I can’t tell what I would or would not do to survive but am inclined to think I would do a lot. I would also do a lot of thinking outside the box before considering that COA.

  • Alferd Packer March 14, 2008, 2:25 pm

    Yep, Patriots had there cannibals in the first encounter at the retreat.

    And don’t forget me.


  • Angry Cow March 14, 2008, 3:05 pm

    …a little trip over to Google with the phrase ” cannibalism “animal feed” ” yielded some interesting hits

    “1997 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) bans protein made from cows, sheep, deer, and other so-called ruminants in feed for other ruminants.
    It is still legal to feed the rendered protein to non-ruminants, such as pigs and chickens; those animals in turn can be rendered and fed to cows or sheep. Cattle are still being fed composted wastes from chicken coops, including feathers, spilled feed, even feces. Calves are fed beef blood and beef fat.”

    First thought: It seems the natural revulsion to cannibalism (and the cultural taboos and legal prohibitions) is grounded in real dangers…like BSE, aka “Mad Cow Disease”.

    Second thought: The fact that the 19th & 20th century has seen an explosion of “human-forced animal cannibalism” in the food supply makes me see yet another data point of proof in the argument that OUR FOOD SUPPLY is dangerously stretched.

  • DW March 14, 2008, 8:59 pm

    From “Man and Society in Calamity” by P.A. Sorkin. Page 67……..The same tragic story of parents’ killing and eating their children and vice versa, of wives’ slaying and devouring their husbands and vice versa, of the snatching of corpes from cemeteries or the gallows, of the professional ambushing, killing , eating of passers-by—this is monotonously repeated in connection with numerous major famines.

    1030-1031, Burgundy, human flesh openly sold on the markets.

    Sometimes it got so bad they posted guards at the cemeteries.


  • nick April 23, 2008, 7:07 pm

    my friend wants to eat me

  • Daeryan August 28, 2008, 5:40 pm

    Hate to say it but I would eat a person as readily as a chicken or a cow. From what I hear we are red meat and ground up might make good burgers. lets face it when it comes to dire times I and my family matter most to me. If it came to hunting people I would do it alone and pawn it off to my family as dear or cow meat. With other options available this would not be the case, but should it come down to it the rest of you may want to lay low for a while.

  • Phil September 23, 2008, 7:55 pm

    I live 10 miles from the heart of a major city. I live in the suburbs of that city. I’d bet I could open my back door right now, and there’d be a rabbit out on my back lawn. In the morning, there’ll be ten squirrells arguing with ten birds in the big maple in my back yard. I can hop on my ’79 Honda CT90 and be in a rural area in literally 20 minutes, where I can catch all the fish I want. I ain’t eating no people….

  • Dawn October 13, 2008, 8:43 pm

    I’m with Phil… But I don’t eat meat now! If the trees that those juicy squirrels live in and the burrows those rabbits are in provide the greens, roots, seeds, etc., they need, why not us? Surely there are animals in the frozen tundra, if meat is the only way to survive because of some seriously lacking survival skills. Have some pride and integrity people! Don’t eat people! Except the stupid ones. :)

  • Stu January 10, 2009, 4:42 am

    Yeah well…….if it comes down the that…….I figure the people that wont will die……the people that will…..will eat them. Then when it gets to the point where everyone alive has eaten and will eat other people, then it’s on. Peak people, and the ever declining supply. There will be people, who villages that are born, grow up, where it’s normal………they might open a take away……KFH……..or…McLongPig. I can imagine the kind of society it would be, everyone eating people, they would have to farm them like cattle or when they run out of outsiders………..then the shit would really hit the fan

  • Cliffystones October 6, 2010, 10:35 pm

    A little late to the discussion, but in response to Stu…….

    read “Farnham’s Freehold” by Robert Heinlein.

    Kind of sums up a future that could be if we let the Muslims have their way.


Leave a Comment

Cancel reply