Since the very first game, it's been blatantly stated that Pokemon eat other Pokemon. It's an obvious fact anyone who read their Pokedex entries carefully will of noticed, even as a child. In fact, one of the very first Pokemon you might've EVER caught has their Pokedex entry mention the act of meat-eatin'.
"Prey means animals that aren't Pokemon!"Originally Posted by Pokemon Yellow's Pokedex
Originally Posted by Pokemon X's PokedexDog eat dog, t'is the law of nature. Of course Pokemon that are Carnivine-rous eat other Pokemon. But it ain't really comparable to animals eatin' each other in the real world... Pokelore dictates that Pokemon are all sentient. Not only that, some are even worlds more intelligent than humans. If animals IRL could think for themselves, were self-aware, could love, would we attempt to intervene and keep sentient beings from devouring each other? Would we stop eatin' them, at the very least? Is cannibalism frowned upon because it will make us fatally ill? Because we're eating our own species? Or because we're killing another sentient to dine?Originally Posted by Pokemon Red/Blue's Pokedex
In the cheery world of Pogeymanz, sentient beings are eating each other. Humans are also eating Pokemon, blatantly so. Farfetch'd has nearly been devoured to extinction by humankind, and is a common poacher target. Slowpoke Tail is an infamous delicacy Team Rocket themselves poached... but it's obvious that some Pokemon are very legal to have for dinner, such as Basculin. Is such a dark thing, the morality of eating other sentient beings, ever addressed in the anime? The games? No. Too child friendly. My knowledge of the manga is lacking, so who knows, maybe N addresses the issue of people eating tasty Pokemon. Someone Google it for me. But as far as I know, the series has never confronted itself on the matter in any way.
With that said, what're y'all's thoughts on this madness? srs pokeman thread is supersrs