Well, i've been working on this RP world of mine, Teriak, for some time now, and this ("food crisis") is a problem that i've yet to entirely overcome. First off, a large number of animals don't exist in any form, so that rules out most all prey animals. The races that currently inhabit Teriak are as follows.
Kelm: Foxes and Jackals
Slake: Newts and Salamanders
Rell: Wolves and Coyotes
Durig: Badgers and Wolverines
Skim: Weasels, Ferrets, and Otters
Mezok: Monitor Lizards
Verlash: Rats, Opossums
All races are considered sentient and (somewhat) equal, so cannibalism is more than frowned upon. Of course, i'm still looking for a solution to the whole "lack of food" issue, but hey, one step a a time, right?
(And if you're wondering how deer are able to survive in a world like this? They're carnivorous and plant life is sacred to their rather extreme religion.)
Already posted this, so i figure i may as well post an update. I did a rough overview of the races and how they are viewed by the general population.
Kelm: Baseline. Expected to be middle or higher class.
Rell: Like Kelm, but expected to be a little more brutal. Expected to be working to high class.
Thrull: Sometimes seen as gullible. Seen in a similar light to Kelm and Rell. Expected to be middle class.
Skim: Viewed with more suspicion than most other races. Sometimes expected to be violent. Expected to be of working or higher class.
Durig: Expected to be more hands-on and industrial than other races. Expected to be working class.
Gnari: Often seen as brutal and savage, sometimes even primitive. Expected to be lower or working class.
Ban: Sometimes seen as dim-witted and/or crude. Expected to be working class.
Verlash: Rarely trusted in whole, and avoided by most. Almost always seen as lower class, regardless of actual standing.
Kyso: Rarely trusted and viewed with great suspicion. Seen as lower class.
Vorik: Bull-headed and easy to con. Expected to be working class.
Slake: Viewed with great suspicion. Seen as lower class.
Gisk: Same as Slake.
Kobold: Rarely trusted. Always seen as lower class, regardless of actual standing.
Mezok: Viewed with suspicion and expected to be violent. Most are fearful of Mezok.
Boros: Unknown to most, so seen as suspicious and intimidating. Those who have heard of Boros see them as hard-working and vigilant. Seen as working to higher class.
Narrka: Unknown to most, so seen as suspicious. Those who have heard about Narrka are greatly fearful of them.
Vuline: Same as Narrka, but even less known about.
(Added in a few newcomers: Boros are elephants, Vorik are boars and pigs, and Gisk are frogs and toads.)
Still doesn't helpme much as far as the food crisis goes, but hey, trees are edible, right? (Spoiler: NO)