Wild animals are driven by instinct, which is survival, food supply and territoriality. Humans are similar.
Predators and their victims
Carnivores are on the offensive and herbivores or on the defensive and that is quite natural in the animal world.
Cannibalism still exists among Homo sapiens. This untamed animalistic nature has been witnessed in the 1960s. Were these people excused? Since they live so close to the nature to them it is quite natural to war with other tribesmen, score victory, and then eat their flesh. To eat your enemy is to perform an extreme form of physical dominance. Therefore, planet Earth is filled with different types of people and look-a-likes.
Some tribal peoples have practiced consensual cannibalism as part of their rituals of mourning and burial. Complex funeral ceremonies among the Brazilian Wari’ – a tribe that had been practicing reverential cannibalism on its dead until the Brazilian government intervened in the 1960s. Here, cannibalism was not a pleasure, but a duty. In some cases, with the corpse several days old, tribe members forced themselves to eat flesh so putrid that it made them nauseous. It would have been disrespectful not to do so.
Recently, Reuters reported that a leader of the Syrian rebel group Farouq Brigade was taking a bite out of the heart of a dead Syrian soldier. This has been shown in a video posted online. This man cut into the torso of a dead Syrian soldier saying to his comrades, “I swear to God we will eat your hearts and your livers, you soldiers of Bashar the dog,” referring to supporters of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. Off camera, a small crowd can be heard calling out “Allahu akbar” — God is great. Then the man raised one of the bloodied organs to his lips and started to tear off a chunk with his teeth.
Blind beliefs in their own kind of religion; in its founder; and in its imaginary love-less god makes people regress and not progress. This slippage into backwardness is most alarming.
It is not a matter of believing, but a matter of better knowledge. What separates humans from animals is understanding and knowledge. An educated mind has better chances in acting compassionately and altruistically. Uneducated minds seem less charitable. Animals cannot be charitable, but humans can.