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Bodies The Exhibition is a controversial exhibition showcasing preserved human bodies dissected to show bodily systems. That’s a genuine human body in the picture.
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You may be convinced that BODIES…the Exhibition is immoral, unethical and surrounded by murky concerns. But some men and women may be hard to persuade. Beneath is a list of incorrect / misleading / worrisome statements that you may hear, followed by explanations of the truth concerning these topics.
Incorrect data: All of the people in the exhibit gave their consent and/or donated their bodies to science.
The truth: None of the people in BODIES…the Exhibition gave their consent to be exhibited or plastinated. None of them donated their bodies to ‘medicine’ or to ‘science’.
Most individuals do not recognize that there are many different plastinated corpse exhibits traveling about the globe. Even though each presents bodies in a similar way, the source of the bodies for every exhibit is not the exact same.
Gunther von Hagens (BODYWORLDS’ creator) states that all of the people displayed in the BODYWORLDS exhibits gave consent to be plastinated and exhibited. Nevertheless, prime Management members at Premier Exhibitions Inc. (promoter of BODIES…the Exhibition) admit up-front that NONE of the men and women in BODIES…the Exhibition gave consent to be plastinated or exhibited – this would be an impossibility simply because the corpses have been unidentified and unclaimed and had been acquired by the plastination plant from the Chinese police.
For reputable sources regarding this subject, see The Provenance of BODIES’ Corpses and the Feasible Connections with the Falun Gong section on The Concerns page of this website.
Incorrect details: All of the specimens in the Exhibition have been obtained by Premier Exhibitions by way of the Dalian Medical University plastination laboratories in the People’s Republic of China.
The truth: All of the specimens are controlled or leased by Dalian Hoffen Bio Technique Organization Restricted.
According to Premier’s 2006 annual report,
"THIS EXHIBITION TOUR AGREEMENT is entered into as of the 24th day of January, 2006 by and between Premier Exhibitions 2005-ATL, Inc. (a corporation organized below the laws of the State of Nevada and obtaining its principal location of business at 3340 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30326 (“PREMIER”), and Dr. Hong-Jin Sui (“Dr. Sui”), a designer and supplier of all specimens referred to herein, and Dr. Shuyan Wang President of Dalian Hoffen Bio Strategy Company Limited collectively referred to as (“DHBTL”) obtaining a spot of company in Dalian, China."
To read the full agreement, see: www.secinfo.com/dsvr4.v71s.d.htm
Misleading Data: The identity of each and every human physique displayed in the exhibition is strictly confidential.
The Truth: In reality, the bodies displayed in the exhibition are unidentified.
The term ‘confidential’ implies that somebody knows the identities of the bodies. Premier Exhibitions, Inc. has regularly stated up-front that all of the bodies displayed in the exhibition have been unidentified and unclaimed. Premier is renting the cadavers and organs from China’s Dalian Health-related University, which acquired the unidentified, unclaimed corpses from police.
This fact is especially troubling due to the fact in China, folks who practice Falun Gong (a spiritual practice that is banned by the government) frequently refuse to reveal their names when arrested, in order to protect their households. As a result, there is a large prison population of unidentified folks, who stay ‘unidentified’ soon after death.
For trustworthy sources on this subject, see The Kilgour-Matas Reports and The Provenance of Bodies’ Corpses sections on The Concerns web page of this website.
Incorrect info: It is regular practice all through the United States for unclaimed and unidentified bodies to be used by health-related schools for educational purposes.
The truth: The majority of bodies used by health-related schools come from consenting donors.
The use of unidentified bodies in U.S. medical college anatomy labs is not regulated at the Federal level. Therefore, there are handful of national statistics available with respect to this subject. However, a 2004 report in JAMA (the Journal of the American Healthcare Association), states that only 20% of US and Canadian medical schools still used unclaimed bodies in their anatomy laboratories.
Some states have laws which require all unidentified / unclaimed corpses to be buried.
For reputable sources relating to this topic, see The Legality of Plastinated-Corpse Exhibits section on The Issues page of this site.
Worrisome Statement: Sworn affidavits, taken in the United States, have been supplied declaring the legal and moral acquisition of the specimens inside BODIES…The Exhibition. Affidavits have been offered by both Dr. Roy Glover, Chief Healthcare Advisor for BODIES…The Exhibition and Dr. Hong Jin Sui, professor of anatomy and President of Dalian Medical University Plastination Co. LTD.
The Truth: There has been no independent investigation regarding the provenance of the corpses in BODIES…the Exhibition. The affidavits that Premier presents as assurances with respect to the corpses’ origins are offered by the following two males:
Roy Glover – Roy Glover is not a healthcare medical professional despite the fact that, in this context, he is virtually always referred to as "Dr. Roy Glover, Chief Medical Advisor." Glover holds a Ph.D. in Anatomy and is at the moment functioning as the Spokesman for the BODIES exhibit. He states that "the head of the lab at Dalian [Sui Hong Jin] is a longtime, trusted friend."
Sui Hong Jin – Sui Hong Jin is a former enterprise associate of Gunther von Hagens, the inventor of the plastination method and the creator of the BODYWORLDS exhibits. Sui has faced allegations in the past of delivering von Hagens with prisoners’ corpses. He is at present the President of Dalian Healthcare University Plastination Co. LTD. which is supplying the plastinated corpses to Premier for their exhibits.
For respected sources on this topic, see The Corpse Supplier and The Provenance of BODIES’ Corpses sections on The Problems page of this website.
Misleading information: The human bodies are being used appropriately, in accordance with domestic and international law.
The truth: There are practically no international, U.S. federal or state laws regulating this variety of exhibit.
Even exactly where there are relevant laws, it is not clear that they are getting followed. In Tampa FL, Premier Exhibitions, Inc. and the Museum of Science and Sector disregarded the rulings of the state Anatomical Board and the state Attorney General that would have prevented the exhibit from opening, and opened the exhibit two days early, ahead of the ruling could be enforced.
If ‘domestic law’ refers to Chinese domestic law, note that the term ‘law’ in China has a quite different connotation than it does in the U.S. Also note that BODIES has been touring because 2005. Till July of 2006, promoting organs was legal in China. Organ transplantation is an incredibly lucrative sector in China. Those who are profiting the most by means of the organ-trafficking trade are frequently straight connected to the Chinese government / military. Selling organs was deemed illegal specifically to placate the International Olympic Committee – China will be hosting the Olympics in 2008 – but the new regulations are not enforced.
For respected sources regarding this topic, see The Legality of Plastinated-Corpse Exhibits and The Kilgour-Matas Reports sections on The Concerns web page of this website.
Misleading Statement: None of the men and women displayed in the exhibit had been killed specifically to be displayed in the exhibit.
The truth: This is not a ‘fact’ in the scientific sense – it may possibly be true, but there is no proof that it is accurate. Once more, no one particular truly knows where the bodies in the exhibit come from. Staff members at a Falun Gong detention center in the very same Chinese province as Dalian Medical University have admitted to ‘supplying’ organs for transplantation. (These organs were removed from reside Falun Gong prisoners). It is not fully unbelievable that they may well also provide them for exhibit purposes.
For reliable sources on this subject, see The Kilgour-Matas Reports and The Provenance of BODIES’ Corpses sections on The Issues web page of this web site.
Misleading Statement: "Educational tools that can teach young children." – New York Times (source: Carnegie Science Center advertisement) Note: As of the finish of November, this quote was removed from the ad.
The truth: This quote suggests that the NY Occasions endorses the exhibit, even so the quote is taken out of context.
The statement above is taken from the 11/18/05 NY Times report, "Cadaver Exhibition Raises Queries Beyond Taste" articles.news.aol.com/news/_a/cadaver-exhibition-raises-q…
Andrew Jacobs, the author of the write-up, is very crucial of BODIES…the Exhibition, discussing the Chinese government’s history of "recycling the organs of executed prisoners" and Dalian University’s history of supplying questionably-obtained corpses to other exhibits. The quote utilised in the advertisement comes from the following sentence: "Playing down the sensationalism, Premier executives use the word ‘specimen’ to describe the exhibits and emphasize their value as educational tools that can teach children about human physiology and assist adults discover how to lead healthier lives."
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