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* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', the Amazing Maurice is a perfectly normal feral tomcat. Until he forages on the dump where wizards have discarded centuries of old magic and eats a rat who has been living on that particular dump. Having ignored a rat pleading with him not to eat it, Maurice acquires its sapience and ability to speak Human as a sort of unwelcome magically-assisted indigestion. Life then begins getting complicated - and profitable - for a cat who has realised sapient rats are now off the menu.
** Subverted, in that The Amazing Maurice does not eat any sapient creature *after* he achieves sapience, only before. Additionally, even though he was just a cat when it happened, he feels extreme remorse for having eaten a sapient mouse, something which he cannot really be held responsible for.

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* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', the Amazing Maurice is a perfectly normal feral tomcat. Until he forages on the dump where wizards have discarded centuries of old magic and eats a rat who has been living on that particular dump. Having ignored a The rat pleading with him not in question is a TalkingAnimal, but due to eat it, a speech impediment, is unable to protest his fate. Maurice acquires its sapience and ability to speak Human as a sort of unwelcome magically-assisted indigestion. Life then begins getting complicated - and profitable - for a cat who has realised realized sapient rats are now off the menu.
** Subverted, in that The Amazing Maurice does not eat any sapient creature *after* he achieves sapience, only before. Additionally, even though he was just a cat when it happened, he feels extreme remorse for having eaten a sapient mouse, rat, something which he cannot really be held responsible for.

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* ''VideoGame/AliceMadnessReturns'' proves it's possible to take the already creepy Walrus and the Oysters scene from the aforementioned ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' and make it creepier, with TheReveal of the Walrus having a hidden torture room full of the remnants of brutally murdered and partially devoured fish-people and a chapter climax that consists of the Walrus going on a rampage at the height of the play, devouring the oyster call-girls and then most if not all of the fish-people audience after ranting about how death is inevitable and all have "the right to be eaten".

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Likewise, it's possible that the predators have rules about who is, or isn't, on the menu, to say nothing about other things, with the possibility that failing to follow the rules could lead to a murder charge:
* Children - off the menu for sure.
* Single Parents without prior arrangements to have someone care for the children - off the menu.
* Criminals under a Death Sentence, like rapists and murderers - On the Menu for sure!
* Willing Meals - Sure. But if they decide to change their mind, best to respect it.
* Terminally Ill, who have been through all of the other options, and nothing works, and they'll die anyways - they might want an end to their pain.
* Important Jobs - Possibly off the menu, unless they waive the restriction.
* Safe/Mock Predation - Well, there's possibly a fetish for it.
* Protecting the victim of a violent crime, like rape or murder - the aggressor ends up in a stomach.
* Quota/Limit Restriction - a Predator might only be allowed to claim a certain number of a Prey species.
* Reporting/Fees - Predation might have to be reported by the Predator, and they might have to pay off any debts that the Prey owed.

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* In ''Literature/TheJenkinsverse'' other sentients are the standard diet of the monstrous Hunters. This also caused the rest of the galaxy - mostly herbivores - to be extremely suspicious of the omnivorous humans and Gaoians.


* Laila from ''Fanfic/FromBehindBars'' is a captive-bred lion who has never hunted before. One day, the zoo keepers put a live sheep into her enclosure. Laila reluctantly attacks the sheep. She feels bad about killing it and almost lets it go, but kills it after it calls her a "mockery of a feline". She still feels bad afterwards.

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* Laila from ''Fanfic/FromBehindBars'' is a captive-bred lion who has never hunted before. One day, the zoo keepers put a live sheep into her enclosure. Laila reluctantly attacks the sheep. She feels bad about killing it and almost lets it go, but she kills it after it calls her a "mockery of a feline". She still feels bad afterwards.


* Laila from ''Fanfic/BehindTheBars'' is a captive-bred lion who has never hunted before. One day, the zoo keepers put a live sheep into her enclosure. Laila reluctantly attacks the sheep. She feels bad about killing it and almost lets it go, but kills it after it calls her a "mockery of a feline". She still feels bad afterwards.

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* Laila from ''Fanfic/BehindTheBars'' ''Fanfic/FromBehindBars'' is a captive-bred lion who has never hunted before. One day, the zoo keepers put a live sheep into her enclosure. Laila reluctantly attacks the sheep. She feels bad about killing it and almost lets it go, but kills it after it calls her a "mockery of a feline". She still feels bad afterwards.

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* Laila from ''Fanfic/BehindTheBars'' is a captive-bred lion who has never hunted before. One day, the zoo keepers put a live sheep into her enclosure. Laila reluctantly attacks the sheep. She feels bad about killing it and almost lets it go, but kills it after it calls her a "mockery of a feline". She still feels bad afterwards.


* In a setting where humans are either [[WorldOfFunnyAnimals completely nonexistent]], or [[MouseWorld not directly involved]], or are otherwise [[LionsAndTigersAndHumansOhMy placed alongside]] FunnyAnimals, PettingZooPeople, and any manner of [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman humanoid creatures and aliens]]. This puts all prospective predators and prey on an near-to-level playing field in their given society. Predator and prey can carry on full conversations about how one considers the other fully edible, no matter how they protest. More sympathetic characters can at least go the route of saying that [[WesternAnimation/FindingNemo friends are not food]], and only ''strangers'' are acceptable meals.

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* In a setting where humans are either [[WorldOfFunnyAnimals completely nonexistent]], or [[MouseWorld not directly involved]], or are otherwise [[LionsAndTigersAndHumansOhMy placed alongside]] FunnyAnimals, PettingZooPeople, FunnyAnimals and any manner of [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman [[BeastMan humanoid creatures creatures]] and [[HumanoidAliens aliens]]. This puts all prospective predators and prey on an near-to-level playing field in their given society. Predator and prey can carry on full conversations about how one considers the other fully edible, no matter how they protest. More sympathetic characters can at least go the route of saying that [[WesternAnimation/FindingNemo friends are not food]], and only ''strangers'' are acceptable meals.

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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, the Tsaesci are supposedly a race of SnakePeople native to the continent of [[{{Wutai}} Akavir]], far across the ocean to the east of Tamriel (the continent on which every game in the series has taken place to date). The Tsaesci have something of a MultipleChoicePast, with some sources stating that they are snake-like right down to having no legs and slithering, while others state that they are men little different from those in Tamriel. In either case, the Tsaesci have been said to "devour" other sapient races, including the Red Dragons and "Men of Akavir". Once again, sources conflict as to whether "devour" means that the Tsaesci literally consumed these races, or if it is a colorful term for enslavement and cultural absorption. Unless/until they actually show up in-game, we may never know.

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* In ''Literature/TheColdMoons'', it's implied that most, if not all, animals are sapient. The badgers simply can't communicate with them, It's a part of the badger AnimalReligion that good animals live in peace together in Asgard upon dying, but those that are eaten have to wait until their predator dies to go to Asgard.

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** Even in the Prime universe, Kaminar - the Kelpien home planet - has two sapient species, the Kelpien and the Ba'ul. Kelpien are the prey (or more accurately, livestock) and the Ba'ul are the predators / farmers. [[spoiler:A long time ago the Kelpien were the predators; the Ba'ul used technology and social engineering to turn the tides around and keep the Kelpien in their defenseless infantile state.]]


* ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' takes place in a world populated by {{Funny Animal}}s. One of the main characters is a steer named Heffer who was [[RaisedByWolves "adopted" by a family of wolves]] with the intention of eating him. But while they were fattening the baby Heffer up, they grew attached to him and took him in as one of their own. He was even nicknamed "Steak" by his adopted father. Despite his species, his family expects him to partake in their wolf traditions, one of which was "bringing an elk for dinner". Heffer instead starts dating an anthropomorphic elk and brings her home to have dinner with as opposed to eating her like his parents expected.

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* ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' takes place in a world populated by {{Funny Animal}}s. One of the main characters is a steer named Heffer who was [[RaisedByWolves [[AdoptTheFood "adopted" by a family of wolves]] with the intention of eating him. But while they were fattening the baby Heffer up, they grew attached to him and took him in as one of their own. He was even nicknamed "Steak" by his adopted father. Despite his species, his family expects him to partake in their wolf traditions, one of which was "bringing an elk for dinner". Heffer instead starts dating an anthropomorphic elk and brings her home to have dinner with as opposed to eating her like his parents expected.


* Played horrifyingly straight in ''WesternAnimation/BojackHorseman'' which has ''no'' non-anthromorphic animals, not even insects or fish. The solution, at least in modern day, is to keep what are essentially {{Slave Race}}s of normally sapient bird, cow, fish and other food species on farms, drugging them from birth to prevent them from developing intelligence beyond what real animals have. What makes this even more bizarre is that this has nothing to do with FantasticRacism, as other members of those exact same species are considered full citizens with civil rights. Since the show is satire, it's likely we'll never get any in-depth explanation for this.

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* Played horrifyingly straight in ''WesternAnimation/BojackHorseman'' which has ''no'' non-anthromorphic animals, not even insects or fish. The solution, at least in modern day, is to keep what are essentially {{Slave Race}}s of normally sapient bird, cow, fish and other food species on farms, drugging them from birth to prevent them from developing intelligence beyond what real animals have. What makes this even more bizarre is that this has nothing to do with FantasticRacism, as other members of those exact same species are considered full citizens with civil rights. Since the show is satire, doesn't really focus on the WorldOfFunnyAnimals setting outside of the episode that show this, it's likely we'll never get any in-depth explanation for this.


* In ''Animation/PleasantGoatAndBigBigWolf'', the sapient wolves attempt to eat the sapient goats.

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* In ''Animation/PleasantGoatAndBigBigWolf'', The entire conflict of ''Animation/PleasantGoatAndBigBigWolf'' is that the sapient wolves attempt wolf Wolffy and his wife try to catch and eat the a group of equally sapient goats.

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* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'': {{Conversed}} in ''The Ellimist Chronicles''. As a young Ketran, Ellimist loses a round of a ''VideoGame/{{Spore}}''-like video game when his species is eaten by the other player's. His opponent caused an overpopulation-induced famine, motivating them to develop a space program so they could travel to the moon Ellimist's species lived on.

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