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Carnivore Confusion in webcomics.

  • One Ozy and Millie strip features a character lampooning vegetarianism, but characters range from foxes to sheep to cows.
  • In Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures:
    • All critters explicitly fall into three groups, non-sapient animals, sapient but generally nonmagical Beings and intelligent and magical Creatures, with the ones higher in the hierarchy eating the ones lower. Causes clashes every now and then — Creatures eat Beings from time to time, conversely Being adventurers dispose of dangerous Creatures every so often —, but at least in the present time Creatures and Beings manage to coexist more or less peacefully overall.
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    • Lorenda Soulstealer is a half-Demon cow Being whose favorite food is hamburgers.
    • Her mother Kria Soulstealer is a full-fledged demon who's proud of her position as apex predator and in the backstory ate her own husband (admittedly for cheating on her). Oh, and her uncle is also the villain Dark Pegasus. In a way, Lorenda is the "normal" one in the family.
  • In a pre-Art Evolution, SBAHJ-grade panel of Fur Will Fly, an anthropomorphic rooster is pictured eating regular chicken legs. It is later attested that there are "evolved" and "non-evolved" versions of animals, but still...
  • Jack plays it extremely straight. All the furries are considered herbivores. Eating meat is explicitly equaled to cannibalism. Dwelling on sick meat-related fantazies and later giving in to them earns two characters a demonic rank of Sin of Gluttony. "Synth-meat" is mentioned briefly as being the only legal alternative.
  • Kevin & Kell is about a "mixed marriage" between a rabbit and a wolf. As such it addresses this issue with surprising frequency and from several different angles. Kell, the wolf, actually works for HerdThinners Inc., a predatory corporation that hunts other animals and sells the meat. Young carnivores are specifically taught not to talk to their prey, as it may result in befriending them. However, you need to eat the animal that you kill, otherwise it's murder.
    • There's also a rule that states that predators are unable to track down and eat specific prey, meaning they can't kill and eat anyone they know.
    • In a post about a Gender Swap comic for April Fool's Day of 2007, Holbrook mentions that there would be a considerable power imbalance if "Kelly" was the predator and "Kevina" was the prey. He admits that George and Danielle are a couple with a female prey species and a male predator, but notes that they're secondary characters (it probably helps that Danielle was originally a human, so she eats meat and is not instinctively scared of George).
  • In Freefall, the only furry is a she-wolf, and she has been shown to eat other animals. She justifies this by explaining nature's natural food cycle, but lately she seems to just go to restaurants instead. It's probably easier to go to restaurants than deal with Helix's apparently Disney-fied view of how nature works.
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  • In P.S.I., the only non-sapient land animals are insects. This has obvious implications on the food supply in the comic's universe.
  • Lampshaded in this Sheldon strip. While Arthur is eating the Thanksgiving turkey, Sheldon points out how disturbing it is that he - a bird - is eating another bird. Arthur tries to justify it by claiming that humans eat apes.
    Sheldon: We do NOT eat apes!
    Arthur: Oh yeah? What about "McDonalds"?
    Sheldon: THAT'S BEEF!
  • The Suburban Jungle follows the 'fact of life' approach. Except in specific situations, such as the workplace, or a specifically 'No Predation Allowed' bar, it's A-OK to eat each other. Although you might expect a girl to get cross if it turns out you accidentally ate her date.
  • The Webcomic Shivae has this as an important, if not main issue: most characters are non-anthropomorphic animals, the protagonists are predators, and all carnivores seen so far are sapient (and mostly sympathetic). Herbivores seem to be split between sapient and non-sapient within each species, and sapient herbivores show little respect or concern for non-sapients, even those part of their own herd, and allow predators to hunt the latter. It is considered taboo to kill another sapient animal, but since they can all communicate with each other, it's easily avoided. Then the very anthropomorphic colonists show up, and for some reason can't communicate with the non-anthropomorphic cast members, who they consider to be all dumb beasts...oh, and their society is advanced enough to have guns.
  • The Cyantian Chronicles: (Same artist/author as Shivae) Due to genetic engineering done by a long dead alien race, ALL sapient anthropomorphic Cyantians are omnivores. Only non-sapient prey species are consumed and an anthro wolf eating an anthro rabbit is still cannibalism. It is notable that a rabbit that eats mostly meat will have digestive troubles and hormonal imbalances. The same applies for carnivores that eat too much veggies.
    • One character, Rama inverts it, threatening to eat a sentient rabbit if she doesn't meet his expectations.
    • This is essentially the same set up for the Antreyki in Triquetra Cats.
  • A variation occurs in in this Schlock Mercenary strip, which takes place after a very near tragedy occurred between two species who didn't recognize each others' sentience. But, hey, "Food that talks is not food". Schlock looks for loop-holes. Sometimes, he doesn't even bother with the pretense.
    • If it's an enemy it's not food.
    • Tropers and Schlockites beware: ordinary animals (and for some time, a computer on Luna) are sentient, but humans, aliens, most AIs, and Uplifted Animals are sapient.
    • Kreelies only become sapient if inoculated with a specific microbe while growing, the non-sapient ones are commonly sold as pets or food, which occasionally leads to accidents. Of course it turns out later that they have no problem selling their own kind as meat, and the Kreely government is even in on it.
    • In general, though, Schlock has no problem with eating his enemies alive (and why should he, if he doesn't have a problem shooting them), and him doing so frequently played for laughs. He does get a bit weirded out when he's forced to eat his allies from the neck down to keep going during Schlocktoberfest 2001, but he still goes through with it.
      • He also had only 5 cryokits for 29 people, so he had to trim them down a bit.
  • Suicide for Hire features a Lampshade Hanging when Arcturus and Hunter, a mouse and a fox respectively, discuss milk: "You know of any wild animals that continue drinking milk not only after infancy, but from a source not even of its own species?" A caption in the border between panels reads: "To anal-retentive assholes like myself: You know what I mean. STFU."
  • In Faux Pas all animals are non-anthropomorphic, but as they have grown up in a studio animal training center, they have learned to see each other as friends instead of prey; besides, there's plenty of chow for the foxes and cats (the origin of which they refuse to think about). However, some confusion ensues when the wild vixen Cindy joins the gang, and when her cousin Dusk appeared to have eaten one of the (named) rabbits (relax it was an unnamed mouse).
  • This is a plot point in Digger, of the 'not every animal talks' kind. Shadow Child is told by her Parental Substitute that it's wrong to eat anything that talks. Wrongly assuming this means all wildlife, Shadow starts to scare away prey from the nearby hyena tribe, depriving them of food in the process. A few philosophical discussions are had about this, but eventually Digger teaches Shadow that if one animal can't talk, it's safe to assume that its species as a whole is okay to eat.
    Digger: There aren't many...singular things like that.
  • One of the filler strips of S.S.D.D shows why this would not happen if there were sentient versions of animals as well as non-anthropomorphic ones.
    • Another page features rabbits and fried chicken.
  • In Tally Ho the main characters are a fox and a hound. The fox is a carnivore but is only ever shown eating human food he has obtained somehow. He even points out to a frightened rabbit that thinks she's about to be eaten that he prefers his meat "batter-fried in 30 herbs and spices and served in a paper bucket".
  • In Gene Catlow, Word of God says that all meat comes from donors — furries who donate their mortal remains to be processed as food, much like Real Life organ donors. This is explicitly mentioned in the fanfic The Basalt City Chronicles, where Eugene Catlow says he wishes he could thank the donor of the meat he is eating for keeping himself in good shape.
  • 21st Century Fox originally had the carnivores eat meat (a fox, for instance, once took down a lion and made him into "lion jerky"), but when a law was passed that made it illegal for people to eat other people, they had to rely on S.P.A.M. (Scientifically Produced Animal Matter). When said law was repealed, people were quite pleased with the good-tasting S.P.A.M.
  • Thingpart 67.
  • Doc Rat demonstrates.
  • The Kenny Chronicles seems to avert this, herbivorous Tarneki seem to have no problem with their non-anthro cousins being on the menu.
  • In Horndog, Tommy, a rat, and Leonard, a cat, engage in a conversation about Tommy's fear of being eaten. Also, a recent storyline involves Charlene becoming romantically involved with a Jewish lesbian mouse, which gives new meaning to the phrase "eating pussy".
  • Played very straight in Housepets!.
  • In Sluggy Freelance, Trog tries very hard to stop Aylee from eating humans. The cast at one point stage an intervention, only for her to eat the group leader. A strip later Torg enrolls her in Cannibals Anonymous. She eventually does stop eating humans, just in time for Riff and Torg to get trapped at the 1999 annual cannibal convention, triggering a relapse (and making Torg realize that it's pointless to try and change her nature). A few arcs later Aylee transforms into a dragon that eats potatoes.
  • This Brawl in the Family strip puts an anthropomorphic fish into Animal Crossing. He is not impressed.
  • Panthera gives us this gem about a freshly killed deer.
  • Daddy-Long-Legs takes the last approach, with predation being unpleasant but still a part of life. Things can still get really awkward from time to time, though- mostly in that Harvestman's favorite food are aphids, same insect as Crane's nanny.
  • Frequently brought up in Subnormality as, despite being higher in the food chain than people, the Sphynx frequently holds discussions with people and integrates into modern society as best she can. Especially notable in that she later becomes good friends with the Pink Haired Girl (and goes as far as saving her life in a more recent comic), yet continues to eat humans regularly.
  • In Wereworld, it's taboo for weres to eat weres, but non-sentient animals are fair game, even related species (like Were-cats hunting down normal big cats). In the latter case, it's considered weird, but not strictly taboo (A footnote explains that it would be like a human snacking on primate meat).
  • Despite taking place in a Galaxy of Funny Animals, Commander Kitty has an odd MythBusters Shout-Out where anthropomorphic oysters are testing to see if bubblewrap can protect them from a hungry otter.
  • This is one of the major sources of angst among the animals in Sandra and Woo. Some predators will make friends with specific prey animals and protect them from other predators, but everyone acknowledges that this is not a typical state of affairs. On the other hand, one minor character is a squirrel who has made a conscious decision not only to eat meat, but to eat only obligate carnivores.


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