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Do the Morlocks even count as cannibals?
Given phenotype differences (ans the slew of genotype differences that entails) as well as the Eloi's clear lack of cognitive function, can one even call the Morlocks cannibalistic for eating what is pretty clearly a different species?
  • In a purely scientific sense possibly not (though the difference between the two might be considered more "breeds" than "species," hard to say on the evidence presented). However from a moral standpoint eating another sapient species can be considered cannibalism. The Eloi, while stupid (or possibly just lacking in curiousity) are capable of speech and wear clothing and otherwise have a society, albeit a rudimentary one. So the Morlocks are still killing and eating people even if they aren't of the same species.

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