Every once in awhile you run into some law that jolts you and this is definitely one of them.  In certain circumstances, it's legal for one human being to eat another human being here in Idaho.

Most of us remember the story of The Donner Party Camp at Alder Creek back in 1846.  A family of 25 was traveling and got caught up in a massive snowstorm that locked them in for the entire Winter.  Winter can last a long time and after a period of starvation, they began to eat each other.  Only 11 people survived.

Most states have changed their laws to completely ban any type of cannibalism under any circumstance but not Idaho.  I came across that law on jackblummet.blogspot.

18-5003.  CANNIBALISM DEFINED -- PUNISHMENT. (1) Any person who willfully ingests the flesh or blood of a human being is guilty of cannibalism.
(2)  It shall be an affirmative defense to a violation of the provisions of this section that the action was taken under extreme life-threatening conditions as the only apparent means of survival.
(3)  Cannibalism is punishable by imprisonment in the state prison not exceeding fourteen (14) years.


[18-5003, added 1990, ch. 210, sec. 2, p. 468.]
Obviously, you can't just go scrape up any human body and fry it up or even worse, take a life so you can get your grub on but according to Title 18, there are extreme situations that allow us to eat.  For those interested, research says that human flesh tastes a lot like pork.  Not something I need to know but I just thought I'd throw it out there.

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