A zombie is currently defined as “an animated corpse that feeds on living human flesh.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention contend that zombies are typically “created by an infectious virus, which is passed on via bites and contact with bodily fluids.” The vehicle for the spread of infection will depend on the nature of the virus that causes the zombie outbreak. However, due to the nature of zombies, it is more than likely that the main mode of transferring the virus, will be through bites or scratches. The zombie body consists of the reanimated human body, and as such, does not have extra abilities that the human body would not naturally possess. Many have speculated on the exact motivation of zombies, but regardless of their motivation, the outcome of their actions is destruction. The only way to permanently stop a zombie is by obliterating its brain. This is done by shooting, slicing into, or bashing a zombie in the head. This paper will provide a legal guide for the living, during the chaos and lawlessness of what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have termed the “zombie apocalypse.” Specifically, this paper will begin by providing an overview of the current laws in Florida governing physician-assisted suicide and assisted suicide outside the medical setting. Next, it will discuss the legality of protecting oneself from zombies and other individuals. This paper will not make thorough distinctions based on how extensive in scale the outbreak will be, nor will it delve into the potential causes of the outbreak. The main goals of this paper are to begin the legal discussion on “zombie law,” and to serve as a reference to those wishing to know their legal standpoints before ending their lives or the lives of others (in Florida) during the zombie apocalypse.
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