The Mystery of the Crying Cadavers
Seattle's Most Culturally Offensive Exhibit
ABC News shows cadavers may have come from prisoners



These exhibits are banned or shut down in
Hawaii, San Francisco, California, Germany, Russia, France and recently Venezuela.

PRESS RELEASE Aug. 28, 2012 for immediate release
The Northwest Museum of Legends and Lore condemns the Universe Within cadaver exhibit scheduled for exhibit at the Puyallup Fair and its sponsors as a violation of human rights, desecration and cultural offensiveness citing actions by countries and cities including Seattle that have banned the display of cadavers and human remains without documentation to show origin and consent from the deceased.

Premier Exhibitions which has since been banned from the City of Seattle owns the marketing rights for the exhibit the Universe Within.

"...the use of cadavers - with or without permission, is an insult to the dead - no matter which culture."
"I hope the Bodies Exhibit gets closed down and they profit no more from these cadavers of Chinese people who never gave consent to be on display."
- Bettie Luke, sister of Wing Luke, former Assistant Attorney General of Washington state and namesake for the Wing Luke Asian Museum.

This same exhibit was found to be leaking body fluids in a display in San Francisco in 2005 by ABC News. This underlines the fact that these models still contain human remains, decompose and continually need replenishing. It is believed why continual supply of Chinese bodies are needed and Chinese developers have admitted they use cadavers from Chinese prisons. Significant because the Chinese do not have an organ donor program and believe in burying their dead whole.

The Directors of the museum believe this exhibit is especially culturally offensive as the Puyallup Fairgrounds as "Camp Harmony" was once a 7,000 person detainee camp for Asians during World War II in 1942.

The Directors of the Northwest Museum of Legends and Lore, home of the Seattle Bruce Lee Fan Club are respectfully asking all media and organizations to not post photos, ads and images of the Chinese cadavers and schools and parents to review the history of these exhibits as they are deemed culturally offensive, graphic and may be unknowingly furthering a cultural indignity and desecration.

Seattle Municipal Code 14.14.010 passed unanimously 9-0 on Mon. July 19, 2010 after hearing testimony from Betty Luke, Ron Chew, former Director of the Wing Luke Asian museum, Patrick Burns, Charlette LeFevre and Philip Lipson.

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY OF SEATTLE AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Findings. The Seattle City Council finds and declares as follows:
A. The Uniform Anatomical Gift Act, Ch. 68.64 RCW, requires any donor and specified authorized individuals to authorize the use of anatomical gifts for transplantation, therapy, research, and education purposes.
B. Officials responsible for unclaimed human remains are required to make a good faith attempt to notify the next of kin of the decedent.
C. The public commercial display of dead human bodies must be regulated to protect individual bodily integrity, as well as the social and cultural values of the City. It is the intent of the City Council to require persons who participate in the public commercial display of dead human bodies to provide evidence of informed consent specific to the public exhibition and display of human remains from the decedent or relatives of humans whose remains are put on display, and to provide for the continued use of human remains in the educational, medical, and scientific communities to promote human health and safety.

For more information contact: NW Museum of Legends and Lore Directors, Charlette LeFevre or Philip Lipson 815 Seattle Blvd S, International District, Seattle Seattle, WA 98134 www.seattlechatclub.org
206-523-6348 206-465-9601
END PRESS RELEASE

 

NEWS!

Seattle City Council passes ordinance that bans commercial display of human remains without Consent!

Council Bill Number: 116916 regulating the commercial display of human remains, establishing that unlawful commercial display of human remains is a civil infraction, and creating a new section 14.14.010 of the Seattle Municipal Code passed unanimously 9-0 on Mon. July 19, 2010.
Committee: Housing, Human Service, Health, and Culture Sponsor: LICATA, CO-SPONSORS: BURGESS, HARRELL

 

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY OF SEATTLE AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Findings. The Seattle City Council finds and declares as follows:
A. The Uniform Anatomical Gift Act, Ch. 68.64 RCW, requires any donor and specified authorized individuals to authorize the use of anatomical gifts for transplantation, therapy, research, and education purposes.
B. Officials responsible for unclaimed human remains are required to make a good faith attempt to notify the next of kin of the decedent.
C. The public commercial display of dead human bodies must be regulated to protect individual bodily integrity, as well as the social and cultural values of the City. It is the intent of the City Council to require persons who participate in the public commercial display of dead human bodies to provide evidence of informed consent specific to the public exhibition and display of human remains from the decedent or relatives of humans whose remains are put on display, and to provide for the continued use of human remains in the educational, medical, and scientific communities to promote human health and safety.

The passing of this ordinance proves it is possible for individuals and small groups to make change in their communities. If this exhibit is coming to your city, cite this new city ordinance as proof that cities, states and countries have banned this exhibit and continue to ban its showing in the United States as a human rights violation.



Ron Chew, former Director of the Wing Luke Asian Museum and Bettie Luke comment before Seattle City Council


Patrick Burns, Seattle Citizen commenting on the ordinance

 


Video of Housing, Human Services, Health, and Culture Committee 7/14/2010

"...the use of cadavers - with or without permission, is an insult to the dead - no matter which culture." - Bettie Luke, sister of Wing Luke, former Assistant Attorney General of Washington state and namsake for the Wing Luke Asian Museum.

"I hope the Bodies Exhibit gets closed down and they profit no more from these cadavers of Chinese people who never gave consent to be on display." -Bettie Luke

Public Comments
regarding the Ordinance to regulate the display of human remains without consent of the deceased
Seattle City Council Meeting
Wed. July 14, 2010

Bettie Luke's written Statement:

"Good afternoon, my name is Bettie Luke, a life-long member of the Chinese American Community in Seattle.

I want to thank Councilmember Licata for crafting this legislation.

I want to acknowledge Charlotte at the Museum of Mysteries and Tan Troung, Rep. of Falon Gong for keeping the resistence to the Bodies exhibit alive, for many years.

I want to commend Patrick Burns, whose passion and persistence, was the catalyst that brought us to this point today.

I want it on record that when Mr. Burns sent in his letter of objection to the exhibit, he asked me to sign on. I did so, as well as Jack Peng and Doug Chin.

Here is an additional letter that I asked him to forward, and have a copy if it did not get in the file. It is a letter I wrote to Ron Chew after his letter (along iwth other signatures) was published in the International Examiner Newspaper.

The Bodies exhibit is a cultural affront. Chinese do not treat the dead in this manner. It is a violation of cultural sensibilities to display dead bodies like this.

Imagine if you will - a person close to you, who has passed away. How would you feel if after the funeral, the body was waylaid and sent to a processing plant to plasticize it and be posed in a ballet stance or pumping iron.

How would you feel?
So essentially, the use of cadavers - with or without permission, is an insult to the dead - no matter which culture.

This is not science. It is a carnaval side show of the "wierd and wonderful", so to speak.

There are laws that govern museums in the nation on Native American artifacts and remains. All artifacts and remains must be returned to the tribe of origin. You may be aware that when Gary Locke was Governor, a huge construction was halted because of the discovery that it was on Native American burial ground. It cost the state millions of dollars. But it had to be done. It was the right and respectful decision.

I ask that this governing body make the right and respectful decision. Thank you"

- Bettie Luke, Seattle City Council Meeting, July 14, 2010

Bettie Luke also thanked City Attorney Peter Holmes for developing the ordinance.

 

From Letter February 28, 2010
Ron Chew, Lilly Jung MD, Debbie Louie;

Thank you for hte letter you wrote to the Editor of the Seattle Times and the International Examiner Dec. 18, 2009 concerning the "Bodies Exhibit" currently in a downtown Seattle exhibit space. I concur with your views....

..."When members of my own family died, I remember my mother removing images and covering up the face of the deceased person in photos. I was told that if their images were displayed, that person would be constantly called back and their sould would wander a middle world, that their soul would never find rest.
To me, the display of remnants of a person's actual body, strikes me as a quantum leap of intentional cultural violation - condemning that person's sould again and again, to eternal wandering.

I read that in a 2008 expose by the ABC News program "20/20", a self-admitted participant of a bodies black market provided a photo he took of Chinese corpses with their hands tied behind their backs. That awful image casts a vulture-like pall, knowing the macabre fate of those bodies delivered for processing.

I hope the Bodies Exhibit gets closed down and they profit no more from these cadavers of Chinese people who never gave consent to be on display.

Most sincerely,

Bettie Luke

 

My name is Patrick Burns. Consent is the last human right

I want to thank Councilman Licata and his co-sponsors, Godden, Harrel and Burgess for offering this legislation to council. I also wan to thank City Attorney Peter Holmes.

The Bodies Exhibition which displays the plasticized bodies of deceased Chinese human brings for profit has been banned in
1. San Francisco,
2. California,
3. Hawaii,

It's been:

1. Exposed for its mendacity and barbarity in the Feb. 14th, 2008 ABC report, "Inside the Bodies Exhibit"
2. It's illegal in Paris
3. It's been thrown out of Venezuela

Why? Public officals grasped the enormity of hte moral outrage being perpetrated on their communities. They understood this exhibit is a cultural violation to the Chinese community, a human rights abuse, and very possibly a crime against humanity. The exhibitor admits these embalmed/plasticized bodies are originaly obtained from the Chinese Police. The bodies are unclaimed an have no identification. The ABC 20/20 report found solid evidence of a secondary, criminal market in which bodies are sold for a few hundred dollars each. These deceased Chinese people never gave their consent to have their bodies be horribly altered and then displayed in a carnival atmosphere for an American Entertainment Corporation to make a profit. NY State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo forced Premier Exhibitions to publicly admit it cannot guaranteed the bodies it displays were not those of prisoners who were tortured or exectuted. Premier cannot guaranteed the bodies it displays were not political prisoners.

Your moral duty is clear. The City of Seattle should never have permitted the Bodies Exhibit to open its doors in 2006 nor 2009. We urge City Council to pass legislation which would ban the exhibition of human remains without the absolutely verifiable consent of the deceased only. Legislation which would allow for a government authority to substitute its consent or even a family member's consent is not acceptable. The wishes of any human being should be paramount in regards to the disposition of one's remains in these circumstances.)

NEWS

ABC News Brian Ross reveals Black Market in Bodies used for Cadaver Shows

Brian Ross questions CEO of Premier Exhibitons Arnie Geller with photo of executed bodies that may have been used for his exhibits.


Cadavers being brought improperly to the U.S. labeled as plastic modesls.


Photos of bodies with their hands tied behind their backsto be picked up by plastination labs.
See Geneva Convention article below which states it is a violation to desecrate bodies of prisoners.

New York visitors to get Refunds
Lawmakers call for Crackdown on Exhibits with Federal Bill that prohibits the importation into the U.S. of plastinated human remains

...."The grim reality is that Premier Exhibitions has profited from displaying the remains of individuals who may have been tortured and executed in China," said N.Y. Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo.
"Despite repeated denials, we now know that Premier itself cannot demonstrate the circumstances that led to the death of the individuals. Nor is Premier able to establish that these people consented to their remains being used in this manner. Respect for the dead and respect for the public requires that Premier do more than simply assure us that there is no reason for concern. This settlement is a start."

Crackdown on Ghoulish 'Body Exhibitions' New York
AG Says Company Profited From Individuals That May Have Been Tortured or Executed in China
By ABC News
RICHARD ESPOSITO and ANNA SCHECTER
May 29, 2008

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=4950595&page=1

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo says the company that has made millions of dollars with U.S. exhibitions of plasticized human bodies used "the remains of individuals that may have been tortured and executed in China." In announcing what he called the "grim reality" of an official investigation triggered by an ABC News "20/20" report, Cuomo said the company, Premier Exhibitions, "despite repeated denials...had no way of knowing the true source of their human exhibits and no meaningful documentation to support their claims that the bodies had been donated for such a use." Cuomo said his office had reached a settlement with Premier that he said will "bring an end to Premier's practice of using bodies of undocumented origins in their exhibitions." "Respect for the dead and respect for the public requires that Premier do more than simply assure us that there is no reason for concern," said Cuomo.

Premier Exhibitions Inc. has reached a settlement with the Attorney General of the State of New York over its controversial "Bodies... The Exhibition" and allegations the cadavers used in the exhibit came from executed and or tortured Chinese prisoners. "Bodies... The Exhibition" shows plasticized cadavers frozen in various poses with sections of the body flayed or dissected to reveal the complicated mechanics of the human body.
As part of the settlement, Atlanta-based Premier Exhibitions (NASDAQ: PRXI) will disclose on its Web site, in the entrances of any New York exhibitions, and in its New York advertising that it cannot confirm the bodies and parts being displayed were not, or did not belong to, Chinese prisoners who may have been victims of torture and execution.
The company has also agreed to create an escrow fund of $50,000 to reimburse customers who claim they would not have attended the New York City exhibition had they known the alleged origins of the cadavers.
Any funds remaining in the escrow account after eight months and not paid to eligible consumers will go back to the company. Also under the settlement: * Going forward, before displaying a body as part of any New York exhibit, Premier must get written documentation demonstrating the source of each body and body part, the cause of death and the decedent's consent to the use of his or her body. * Premier will keep an independent monitor, at its own expense for two years to ensure the terms of the settlement are followed. The monitor will also oversee the refund process. * Premiere Exhibitions will pay $15,000 to the Attorney General of the State of New York.
The Attorney General did not find the company uses the remains of executed prisoners in its exhibition.
The company said it must rely on the affirmations of its Chinese supplier, the head of anatomy at the Dalian Medical University, a teaching hospital recognized by the World Health Organization, that the specimens do not come from the remains of executed prisoners.

 

 

NEWS

Will Seattle Ban the Bodies Exhbit?
We hope so!

http://www.q13fox.com/news/kcpq-070810-bodies,0,3490195.story

"The Seattle City Council may be demanding a "permission slip." The council is considering an ordinance that would make it unlawful to display to the public, human remains for consideration or commercial purposes without valid written authorization from the deceased. In this case, the deceased are the cadavers in the exhibits - cadavers organizers say come from a medical school in China. Dr. Roy Glover , the medical director of the Seattle exhibit said, "These bodies are all unclaimed, when these individuals died. No family member or next of kin was present, no one came forward to claim the body." Some people don't buy it. Speculation is that the cadavers belonged to executed Chinese prisoners. A vote on the proposed ordinance could come next month." - Kristen Joyce, Q13 News Seattle, July 8, 2010


 

PRESS RELEASE 3/15/2010 for immediate release

Citizens of Seattle have submitted a letter to Seattle City Council and Seattle City Atty. Peter Holmes proposing an ordinance to ban the display of human remains without consent. Consent,

The Last Human Right
To each and every honorable Member of Seattle City Council, The Bodies Exhibition which displays the embalmed, then plasticized bodies of Chinese human beings for profit has been banned in:
1. San Francisco, 2005
2. California, 2008
3. Hawaii, 2009.

The exhibit has also been:
1. Exposed for its mendacity and barbarity in the Feb. 18th,2008 ABC report, "Inside the Bodies Exhibit"
2. Made illegal in Paris, 2009
3. Thrown out of Venezuela, 2008

WHY? Public officials readily grasped the enormity of the moral outrage being perpetrated on the people they represented. They understood this exhibition is a cultural violation to the American Chinese community, a human rights abuse, and very possibly a crime against humanity. The exhibitor readily admits he gets the embalmed/plasticized bodies he displays from a Chinese rendering contractor who initially obtained them from the Chinese Police. The bodies are unclaimed and transferred with no identification.

The 2008 ABC 20/20 report found solid evidence of a secondary, criminal market in which bodies are sold for a few hundred dollars each which also find their way to Chinese rendering contractors, including the contractor supplying cadavers for the Bodies Exhibit. These deceased Chinese people never gave their consent to have their bodies to be horrifically altered and then displayed in a carnival atmosphere for an American entertainment Corporation to make a tidy profit. NY State Attorney Andrew Cuomo forced Premier Exhibitions, Inc. to publicly admit it cannot guarantee the bodies it displays were not those of tortured prisoners nor of prisoners who were executed. Premier cannot guarantee the bodies it exhibits were not political prisoners. Through the efforts of the Seattle City Attorney, Premier Exhibitions, Inc. was forced to post a similar disclaimer at the ticket window of its 5th and Pike Street exhibit location.

YOUR MORAL DUTY IS CLEAR. The City of Seattle should never have permitted the Bodies Exhibition to open its doors in 2006. We are stunned it was allowed back into the middle of downtown Seattle in 2009.
We are wholeheartedly urging Seattle City Council to quickly craft and pass legislation which would ban the exhibition of human remains without the absolutely verifiable consent of the deceased only. Legislation which would allow for a government authority to substitute its consent for the deceased is totally unacceptable. We also believe the current ordinance should apply to the current Seattle Bodies Exhibit, forcing it to close its doors. It definitely should not be allowed to extend past its advertised March 31st, 2010 closing.


PROPOSED ORDINANCE
The following proposed ordinance is submitted for review. This ordinance is similar to what San Francisco enacted and House Bill 1253 submitted by Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson. An Ordinance relating to the commercial display of human remains and prescribing penalties.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE CITY OF SEATTLE: NEW SECTION. Sec. 1. A new section is added to the ordinances which govern the City of Seattle to read as follows:
(1)(a) It is unlawful to display or advertise human remains to the public for commercial purposes.
(2) This section does not apply to the display of human remains to the public which are presumed to be held in the possession of an institution accredited as a medical institution, educational institution or museum and can only include parts:
(a) Consisting solely of human teeth or hair;
(b) As part of the ordinary display or viewing of the deceased at a funeral establishment licensed under chapter 18.39 RCW, or as part of a similar funeral or memorial service; or
(c) As objects of religious veneration.
(3) A violation of this section is a class C felony punishable under chapter 9A.20 RCW as desecration, abuse of a corpse and a human rights violation. The attorney general or the appropriate prosecuting attorney may bring an action to enjoin a violation of this section in the superior court of King county or the county in which the violation occurs or is about to occur. As used in this section, "commercial purposes" includes any manner of display and advertisement or other consideration. We hope you will approve this ordinance to prevent future displays of human remains without consent from the deceased as a human rights violation and further cultural offense.

Sincerely,
Patrick Burns ­ Citizen, Community Advocate
Charlette LeFevre, Co-Director, Seattle Museum of the Mysteries
Philip Lipson ­ Co-Director, Seattle Museum of the Mysteries

PRESS RELEASE 3/15/2010 for immediate release


No Consent
Community & Editorial Thatıs entertainment?
by: Patrick Burns
Published in Real Change, Feb. 24, 2010
http://www.realchangenews.org/index.php/site/archives/3862/

In ³Bodies,² the cadavers of Chinaıs dispossessed are exhibited for spectacle ‹ and profit Printer-Friendly Version Like it? Share it! Sometime last fall, Premier Exhibition, an entertainment company, rolled its trucks into the middle of downtown Seattle to unload crates containing the butchered remains of Chinese human beings, which they put on display in a for-profit venture that raised little community objection. ³Bodies² has been here before. When it first appeared in the autumn of 2006, it encountered more vocal resistance: a lot of negative press and editorial-page opinion highlighting the dubious origins of these bodies. Activists forced an inquiry by the county Medical Examiner; and, the following year, a proposed state law banning this kind of exhibit didnıt get out of committee. Now ³Bodies² is on display for a return showing, through March 2010.

After a lot of thought, I finally decided to patronize the current exhibit. I didnıt go to satisfy some prurient interest or to increase my knowledge of the human body. I went to pay my respects and bear witness to a massive crime against humanity. I paid a little over $20 for my ticket to the cashier, who cheerfully told me to ³have a good time.²

These cadavers are unclaimed bodies obtained by a Chinese rendering contractor from the Chinese police. In February [18] 2008, ABCıs ³20/20² also found evidence of an illicit Chinese fresh corpse market where bodies are initially sold for a few hundred dollars. Before they died these Chinese people never gave their consent for their bodies to be desecrated. The ³plastination² of corpses is the wretched process of submerging the body in a vat of acetone, peeling off the skin and then reconstituting a majority of bodily tissue with caulk. Afterwards, the body is carefully plucked apart and horrifically altered for display.

The lighting of the exhibit was excellent. Ethereal music, wafting continuously, made for a numbing palliative. The first corpse I saw was a male, posed as a tennis player. Chinese dissectors, the tennis playerıs countrymen, had exposed his brain on both sides by cleanly sawing through the skull and removing portions of it. They removed skin and muscle from the anterior torso, to expose the digestive organs and the heart, as well as most of the rest of his skin, except for that on his face, hands, and parts of his thighs and feet. Like all the ³specimens,² his human name was replaced with a serial number ³L2006.211,² which may signify the year his corpse was obtained, along with where he stood in the cue to be rendered.

Others were much the same. Tendon and artery, muscle and organ, peeled skull and opened thorax, genitals: all are readily visible. They are posed in entertaining postures: a female cadaver has an imposing ³attitude² as she looks the viewer in the eye; one cadaver has its muscular system separated from its skeleton, with the two systems holding on to each other at the fingertips. The Chinese are known for their ancient and stringent beliefs surrounding the care of their dead. The body is not viewed; pictures are removed during the extensive mourning period. To those who have inculcated several millennia of spiritual belief concerning the soul and its living vesselıs disposition, the tennis playerıs eternal exposure must be excruciating.

My fellow sojourners smiled and talked as they passed dead bodies. There were young people holding hands, older ones walking side-by-side, teens and preteens with their parents. One young man stood in front of the nude female cadaver and laughed at her. On the way out, as a meager gesture of my sorrow, I left a short-stemmed red rose I had carried in at the foot of the tennis player.

Other locales have had some success in curtailing or stopping this exhibit. New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo forced Premier Exhibitions to both display a sign warning the public that not all the bodies on exhibit may have died of natural causes and that, in life, these people could have been political prisoners tortured and executed by the Chinese government; Premier also agreed to refund any New York patrons the ticket price for not being informed of the possible criminal origin of the displayed cadavers.

Last year Hawaii joined California to ban the ³Bodies² exhibit. Locally, a group of concerned citizens is urging Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes to employ current legislation to both close ³Bodies² and keep it from returning.

If there is any good news in all of this, Premier Exhibitions has proven to be its own worst enemy. In 2008, its stock value had climbed to a high of $18. Its former CEO spent tremendous amounts of money to increase the number of exhibits. Still, in no way did he even reach the profit margin his investors were expecting. The stock value has dropped 95 percent. Negative publicity from protests and especially from an incisive ³20/20² report have had a damning effect.

Though the exhibit has one more month, I am hoping like minded individuals will raise their voices to expedite the removal of this blight from our city. Join us in our nonviolent actions to make patrons understand they are witnessing a holocaust. Let Seattle City Council know it should join the other communities which have banned this crime against humanity.


Missouri Congressman Akin Introduces Bill to Ban Import of Bodies from China

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Todd Akin (R-MO), a member of the House Science Committee, introduced a bill designed to address concerns regarding the bodies of executed Chinese prisoners that may be used in some displays of plastinated human remains. HR 5524 amends the Tariff Act of 1930 to prohibit the importation into the United States of plastinated human remains from the Peopleıs Republic of China. Akin filed a similar bill in 2008, when various reports had indicated likelihood that some displays may have included bodies that were executed prisoners from China. The re-filing of a bill banning the import of plastinated remains was inspired by the proposed exhibition of plastinated remains in Congressman Akinıs district by Premier Exhibitions, Inc. at a retail mall this October. In a letter to the owners of the St. Louis Galleria, which is scheduled to host the exhibit, Akin outlines ethical and human rights concerns regarding the source of the bodies used by Premier Exhibitions.

The letter notes that the Saint Louis Science Center (SLSC), the prominent science museum in the region, had declined to display the exhibit due to its inability to verify consent by the deceased. The letter states, ³It is our understanding that the Saint Louis Science Center declined to host this exhibition due to ethical concerns. I consider this to be very significant given that the SLSC does not object to the display of plastinated human remains in principle if there can be a verifiable guarantee of informed consent of the deceased. Not only does this decision not to host the display speak well of the ethical standards of SLSC, it is very troubling that such an informed decision by an established science museum is not being echoed by your retail establishment.² The seriousness of the potential violation of human rights is underscored by a disclaimer from a 2008 Premier Exhibition in New York City that read, ³This exhibit displays full body cadavers as well as human body parts, organs, fetuses and embryos that come from cadavers of Chinese citizens or residents. With respect to the human parts, organs, fetuses and embryos you are viewing, Premier relies solely on the representation of its Chinese partners and cannot independently verify that they do not belong to persons executed while incarcerated in Chinese prisons.²

³I do not believe that as a nation we should tolerate even a chance that we are allowing the public display of executed prisoners for the edification or amusement of shoppers,² stated Akin. ³Such a display is an affront to our national conscience and makes a mockery of all we profess to hold dear.²

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c111:H.R.5524:

H.R.5524 -- To amend the Tariff Act of 1930 to prohibit the importation into the United States of plastinated human remains from the People's Republic of China. (Introduced in House - IH)

111th CONGRESS 2d Session H. R. 5524 To amend the Tariff Act of 1930 to prohibit the importation into the United States of plastinated human remains from the People's Republic of China. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES June 15, 2010 Mr. AKIN introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means A BILL To amend the Tariff Act of 1930 to prohibit the importation into the United States of plastinated human remains from the People's Republic of China. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. PROHIBITION ON IMPORTATION OF PLASTINATED HUMAN REMAINS FROM THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA. (a) Amendment- Part I of title III of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1304 et seq.) is amended by inserting after section 308 the following: `SEC. 308A. PROHIBITION ON IMPORTATION OF PLASTINATED HUMAN REMAINS FROM THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA. `
(a) Definitions- In this section: `(1) CUSTOMS LAWS- The term `customs laws of the United States' means any other law or regulation enforced or administered by U.S. Customs and Border Protection of the Department of Homeland Security. `

(2) PERSON- The term `person' includes any individual, partnership, corporation, association, organization, business trust, government entity, or other entity subject to the jurisdiction of the United States. `

(3) PLASTINATED HUMAN REMAINS- The term `plastinated human remains' means human remains, including tissues, organs, and other body parts, that are preserved from decay by replacing the water and fats in the human remains with a polymer. `

(4) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of Homeland Security.

(5) UNITED STATES- The term `United States' means the customs territory of the United States, as defined in general note 2 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States. `
(b) Prohibition- It shall be unlawful for any person to import into the United States any plastinated human remains from the People's Republic of China. `
(c) Penalties- `(1) CIVIL PENALTIES- Any person who violates any provision of this section or any regulation issued under this section may, in addition to any other civil or criminal penalty that may be imposed under title 18, United States Code, or any other provision of law, be assessed a civil penalty by the designated authority of not more than-- `(A) $10,000 for each separate knowing and intentional violation; `
(B) $5,000 for each separate grossly negligent violation; or `
(C) $3,000 for each separate negligent violation. `
(2) FORFEITURE- Any plastinated human remains imported contrary to the provisions of this section or any regulation issued under this section shall be subject to forfeiture to the United States. `(d) Enforcement- The Secretary shall enforce the provisions of this section with respect to the prohibition under subsection (b). `
(e) Regulations- Not later than 270 days after the date of the enactment of this section, the Secretary shall, after notice and opportunity for comment, issue regulations to carry out the provisions of this section. `
(f) Coordination With Other Laws- Nothing in this section shall be construed as superseding or limiting in any manner the functions and responsibilities of the Secretary under the customs laws of the United States.'.
(b) Effective Date- Section 308A of the Tariff Act of 1930, as added by subsection
(a), applies with respect to the importation of plastinated human remains from the People's Republic of China on or after the date of the enactment of this Act.

 

 

Seattles Chinese Americans Speak out against Exhibit


Posted by Letters Editor Seattle Times and International Examiner, Dec. 18, 2009
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/northwestvoices/2010536040_bodiestheexhibitionstillhairraising.html
http://www.iexaminer.org/editorial/letter-editor-bodies-exhibition/

W e are dismayed that the organizers of the ³Bodies: The Exhibition² have chosen to bring their exhibit back to Seattle.
There are ways to educate the general public about the human body and disease without resorting to the mining of dead bodies
from overseas for their prurient shock value. We are offended at the disingenuous attempt to profit commercially from human remains.
As Chinese Americans, we have a millennia-old culture of showing respect to our dead, a culture of respect that
has been violated by the ³plastination² process and staging of these bodies for sensational display.

This is desecration, pure and simple.

We encourage others to think twice before choosing to spend their money to support this kind of sordid moneymaking enterprise.

‹ Ron Chew [ Former Executive Director of Seattle's Wing Luke Asian Museum ], Lily Jung MD, Debbie Louie, Seattle, Dec. 18, 2009

 

Lawmakers Call for Crackdown on Bodies Exhibits Bill Would Prohibit Importation of Any 'Plastinated' Human Body Part Into the U.S. By ANNA SCHECTER May 21, 2008 http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=4902350&page=1
Twenty-one members of Congress have sponsored a bill that would strike a major blow to the multi-million-dollar industry that puts human bodies on display because they say the bodies could be from executed Chinese prisoners. Republican Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri introduced the bill that would prohibit the importation of any "plastinated" human body part into this country.
Atlanta-based Premier Exhibitions uses "unclaimed" Chinese bodies infused with silicone through a process called "plastination" for display across the nation in an exhibit called, "BodiesŠThe Exhibition." "This is a human rights issue about affording human dignities to people around the world," said Rep. Akin, adding that he is concerned that the Chinese people in the exhibit did not give permission for their bodies to be on display. "We cannot verify the source of each body coming from China, so we decided the best approach was to say that in our country, you cannot import plastinated bodies," he said.
Rep. Mike Turner, R-Ohio, is one of 21 co-sponsors of the bill. "I am not confident that the people whose bodies are in this exhibit consented," he said. "China's record on human rights should give us pause in any issue involving human remains imported from that country." Premier Exhibitions says that the "unclaimed" bodies on display were legally obtained from Dalian Medical University. ABC News' "20/20" reported earlier this year that the bodies did not come from the university but instead from a private, for-profit lab about 30 miles away. "20/20" interviewed someone who said he was a former participant in the black market, in which, he said, bodies were sold to that lab for $200 to $300 each. Dalian Medical University told ABC News that it severed its ties to the plastination lab several years ago. ...
Human rights activists and protesters of the exhibit say that "unclaimed" in China could mean anything. "In the U.S. we have very specific laws as to what constitutes 'unclaimed.' Premier's use of 'unclaimed' is 'unknown,'" said Sarah Redpath, who runs a Web site protesting the exhibit out of her home in North Carolina. Redpath also argues that there should be more government regulation over the importation of plastinated bodies. "We need our elected officials, not profiting entertainment companies, to regulate this industry," she said. U.S. Customs has said that since the plastination process changes the nature of the human remains, plastinated body parts can be imported as plastic objects, not as human bodies. Akin is outraged. "That is the same rhetoric that oppressive governments around the world have used to dehumanize people.
This is a human body. Just because you infuse plastic into it does not change that," he said. Akin's bill would not affect current shows because the remains are already here. It does not single out any particular bodies exhibit or company that performs plastination. Under the bill, only bodies donated and plastinated domestically would be legal to display. Penalty for importation of plastinated bodies would be a fine of up to $10,000 per violation. Other companies that would be affected include Corcoran Laboratories, a Michigan-based company that imports plastinated body parts from China and advertises them on their Web site to the public. They also sell the plastinated parts to medical schools for teaching purposes.
California and Pennsylvania state representatives have introduced bills requiring the exhibitions to provide documentation proving that each body on display comes from a person who legally consented. The Pennsylvania bill has been assigned to the House Judiciary Committee while the California bill is on the State Senate floor.
 
H.R.5677 Title: To amend the Tariff Act of 1930 to prohibit the importation into the United States of plastinated human remains.
Sponsor: Rep Akin, W. Todd [MO-2] (introduced 4/2/2008) Cosponsors (20) Latest Major Action: 4/2/2008 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

 


Hawaii Shuts Down Real Human Bodies Show
Island State Becomes First in the Union to Ban Controversial Exhibitions of Real Human Bodies from China
By ANNA SCHECTER July 13, 2009
http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=8072171&page=1
Hawaii has become the first state to officially ban exhibitions of human bodies for profit, shutting down the popular "BODIESŠthe Exhibition" show that displays "unclaimed" bodies from China. Bodies Hawaii has become the first state to officially ban exhibitions of human bodies for profit, shutting... Expand Hawaii has become the first state to officially ban exhibitions of human bodies for profit, shutting down the popular "BODIESŠthe Exhibition" show that displays "unclaimed" bodies from China. Lawmakers in the island state said the possibility of profiting off executed prisoners from China would not be tolerated in a state where many residents come from Asian backgrounds. Collapse (Bodies/ABC News) More Photos Lawmakers in the island state said the possibility of profiting off executed prisoners from China would not be tolerated in a state where many residents come from Asian backgrounds. Premier Exhibitions, the publicly traded Atlanta-based company that puts on the show, has made millions of dollars from "BODIES" exhibits across the country, in Europe and in Asia. State Rep. Marcus Oshiro, Chair of the House Committee on Finance, said he introduced his state's legislation after watching the ABC News 20/20 probe into the origins of the bodies. Click here to watch the investigative report on the bodies exhibition. The 2008 report uncovered a thriving black market in human bodies in China and a self-admitted dealer in the bodies black market who described "body runs" to a location where bodies, including those of executed prisoners, were sold for $200 to $300.


France Shuts Down Real Human Bodies Show

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/world/2009/0422/1224245137202.html
On April 21 2009 a French court ordered the closure of the exhibition in Paris on the grounds that it offends public decency and lacks respect for the dead - Reuters (April 22, 2009)

French judge rules 'indecent' bodies exhibition must close

Brown moves to quell 'second home' dispute PARIS ­ An exhibition of human bodies, which has travelled the world and been seen by millions, is indecent and must shut down, a French judge has ruled. The decision is based on a new law that regulates how corpses can be disposed of and could force all French museums to withdraw bodies or skeletons from display. The ³Our Body² exhibition, similar to the ³Bodies² show which ran in Dublin recently, features cadavers that have been flayed to reveal internal body workings. French rights groups condemned the show, repeating accusations from previous such shows that the unidentified bodies might be Chinese execution victims. Two groups took the organisers to court and, in a ruling released yesterday, Judge Louis-Marie Raingeard said the exhibition denigrated the body, without entering into the issue of the origin of the bodies. ³The law says a body should be in a cemetery,² the judge said, giving the organisers 24 hours to shut down the exhibition or face a fine of ¤20,000 for each day they refused to comply with the order. The judge also said the corpses should be handed over to the authorities under threat of a fine of ¤50,000 a day. The French exhibition was organised by events entrepreneur Pascal Bernardin, who said he would appeal. ³I am staggered by this decision,² he said. ³There is no lack of respect for the dead here.² Numerous versions of the show have been seen by some 30 million people worldwide. The Paris exhibition had been scheduled to stay open until May 10th. ­ (Reuters)


Venezuela Shuts Down Real Human Bodies ShowVe

Cadaver Fears Prompt Venezuela Customs to Close ŒBodiesı Show
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aSLQPAxFGskI
By Steven Bodzin March 5 (Bloomberg) -- Premier Exhibitions Inc.ıs ³Bodies Revealed,² a traveling exhibition advertised as showing ³actual human specimens,² was temporarily closed by Venezuelan authorities for an alleged customs violation. Forensic police will extract parts of the displayed bodies to determine whether they include human remains, Jose David Cabello, superintendent of the customs and taxation agency known by its Spanish acronym Seniat, said late yesterday on state television. ³They were declared as plastic parts,² Cabello said, referring to the exhibitionıs customs declaration. That may have been inaccurate or the show may have been falsely advertised as showing human body parts, he said. ³They allege they have shown it around the world,² Cabello said. ³We have our laws. We donıt know how they were represented in other parts of the world. Here they were represented as plastic sculptures.² Nearly 11 million visitors have seen another cadaver show, ³Bodies: the Exhibition,² in New York, Las Vegas and other cities, Premier Exhibitions said in a Feb. 7 statement. The company has 18 of the shows on display, the company said in a Jan. 6 statement. Katherine Morgenstern, director of public relations for Atlanta-based Premier Exhibitions, didnıt immediately return two calls and an e-mail requesting comment. Premier fell 3.6 cents, or 5.5 percent, to 62.2 cents at 9:37 a.m. in New York. It has tumbled 87 percent in the past year.


 


Federal probe of 'Bodies' urged
Friday, February 22, 2008 By Cristina Rouvalis, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08053/859515-85.stm

A congressman and critic of human rights abuses in China is urging a federal probe into the origin of Chinese corpses put on display at "Bodies" shows, including one at the Carnegie Science Center.
Rep. Christopher Smith, R-N.J., is asking the House Foreign Affairs Committee to investigate the source of the preserved cadavers that strike various poses. He is asking for a moratorium on the wildly popular exhibitions, and is calling for the U.S. attorney general to investigate. The move follows an ABC News "20/20" investigation that alleged that a black market of bodies in that country led to the inclusions of some executed prisoners in shows sponsored by Premier Exhibitions. Mr. Smith plans to draft legislation that would require a group of experts to verify the identity of each body on display.

 

New York Attorney General investigating Cadaver Exhibitor Premier Exhibitions

N.Y., China Investigating Black Market in Bodies
http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=4296982&page=1

..
..This is not consent

By BRIAN ROSS, RHONDA SCHWARTZ and ANNA SCHECTER
Feb. 15, 2008
Authorities in China and New York have opened investigations into allegations that a black market in Chinese bodies, which may include executed prisoners, is sending corpses to the United States for public display. Photos Anatomy of the Worldwide Body Trade The investigations come in the wake of an ABC News report, to be aired tonight on "20/20," that features a self-admitted participant of a bodies black market who described "body runs" to locations where bodies, including those of executed prisoners, were sold for $200 to $300....

Subpoenas from the New York attorney general were served Thursday on Atlanta-based Premier Exhibitions, which operates body shows in more than a dozen cities. In a statement, the Office of Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said it investigating "whether representations made to the public about the methods used to obtain the bodies exhibited in the U.S. are in fact false.".....

 

"We stand by our report," ABC News senior vice president Jeffrey Schneider told Dow Jones Newswires late Friday - CNN Money.com

 

"On February 14, 2008, the Company [ Premier Exhibitions} received a subpoena from the New York State Department of Law. The subpoena requires, among other things, that the Company produce documentation related to the production and sourcing of human anatomy specimens that are or have been displayed at the Company's New York City "Bodies...The Exhibition" exhibit. The Company intends to comply with its legal obligations with respect to this subpoena."

 

Odyssey Value Advisors wants Premier Exhibitions to sell

http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/stories/2008/07/07/daily51.html

San Francisco-based Odyssey Value Advisors LLC Managing Partner William Vlahos has sent a letter to Premier Exhibitions Inc.'s board of directors demanding the company put itself up for sale or divest its assets in its Titanic exhibition series due to an inability to "generate any shareholder value for a prolonged period of time."

Odyssey Value Advisors, an investor in Atlanta-based Premier Exhibitions (NASDAQ: PRXI), argues that "...given the extended period of time that has passed, and the efforts of multiple management teams, now is the appropriate time to monetize the company's assets to maximize shareholder value."

On Tuesday, Premier Exhibitions posted a net loss of $912,000 on $15.2 million in revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2009, hurt by legal fees and higher exhibition moving expenses. The company also is dealing with the fallout from negative publicity related to claims its "Bodies... The Exhibition" tour uses cadavers of executed prisoners and claims the exhibition is unethical.

In May, it settled with the Attorney General of the State of New York over the issue. In the earnings report, Premier Exhibitions President and CEO Bruce Eskowitz emphasized the company's plan to expand and diversify into a "vertically integrated live entertainment company will take time and patience as our revenues catch up with our increased cost structure." However, Odyssey Value advisors believes Premier Exhibitions' growth strategy is too large and too risky, and that the company would be "PRINTING money, enjoying their historically high return on equity and the stock would surely be trading in double digits" if it adopted a more moderate growth plan. "We feel that the current 'empire building strategy' of attempting to become one of the largest sellers of entertainment tickets, at the expense of short to intermediate profitability is a flawed strategy that is clearly not working," Vlahos wrote. "It would take several years for this strategy to possibly prove to be successful. Clearly that is not worth the time, erosion of resources, and greatly diminished return on equity, even for the most patient of shareholders." Vlahos' letter to Premier's board follows:

"Dear Premier Exhibitions Board of Directors: "Odyssey Value Advisors LLC calls upon Premier Exhibitions' (NASDAQ: PRXI) Board of Directors to hire a nationally recognized investment banking firm to explore the sale of the company, or the Titanic assets, for the purpose of maximizing shareholder value. "While we realize that the first quarter results were skewed by the timing of certain events and partners, as well as broad economic weakness, the company has not been able to generate any shareholder value for a prolonged period of time. In our opinion, given the extended period of time that has passed, and the efforts of multiple management teams, now is the appropriate time to monetize the company's assets to maximize shareholder value. "While we think highly of Mr. Eskowitz, we feel he has not made substantive enough progress to date, as evidenced by the series of decreasing earnings and cash flow generation since he has come aboard, culminating in Q1's unacceptable EPS loss.

"The company continues to pursue a risky mega-growth strategy which jeopardizes the strong margin of safety that exists with cash and assets. We feel that the current 'empire building strategy' of attempting to become one of the largest sellers of entertainment tickets, at the expense of short to intermediate profitability is a flawed strategy that is clearly not working. It would take several years for this strategy to possibly prove to be successful. Clearly that is not worth the time, erosion of resources, and greatly diminished return on equity, even for the most patient of shareholders. "If the company pursued a more moderate growth strategy, which we think would be prudent given the state of the consumer and economy, Premier Exhibitions would be PRINTING money, enjoying their historically high return on equity and the stock would surely be trading in double digits. "The misguided strategy of scaling corporate SG&A by 300% year over year while delivering only 34% revenue growth in the same time period has led to the destruction of shareholder value. We implore the board of directors to explore the sale of the company or its Titanic assets, given their estimated value is clearly worth substantially more than the current company market cap.

"As the stock price has declined by approximately 80% over the past year, management has been in the fortuitous position of receiving substantial (some may argue egregious) compensation, while shareholders have been decimated. Mr. Geller is currently receiving a salary of $675,000 for serving as chairman of a $100mm market cap company. While Mr. Geller created the company, and we applaud the fact that he owns millions of dollars worth of stock, there is no economic justification for his current compensation package, which is paid for by shareholders. "Mr. Couter, the former CFO, sold millions of dollars worth of stock, at prices that are five times higher than current prices, soon after providing financial guidance that was light years away from the economic realities.

"Mr. Eskowitz received $2mm in a cash bonus for simply joining the company. Since he has come aboard, the stock has fallen 80%. Mr. Eskowitz has not felt the economic pain of shareholders, as he has never purchased stock with his own capital despite numerous promises. "However, the assets of the company are valuable. Clearly, the value of the artifacts of the Titanic, especially with the 100 year anniversary of the sinking of the ship less than four years away, is worth considerably more than the current market cap. By our estimation, the assets of the Titanic are most likely worth at least twice the market cap. Furthermore, the rights to the personal possessions of the survivors, which should be clarified soon, are worth multiples of that. "In addition to the assets of the Titanic, the company's exhibits clearly have value. Premier operates the very successful Titanic shows (only a portion of the Titanic assets are even used for these shows), a very successful Bodies exhibition, and has two new promising exhibitions scheduled to come on line in the near future. "A strategic buyer/acquirer of the business could streamline bloated costs; eliminate incremental costs of being public, while deploying Premier's valuable content on an existing distribution platform. Alternatively, or in addition to, a court approved sale of the Titanic assets to a collector would surely yield a sum much greater than the current market cap, especially with the optionality of the personal possessions.

"Given the lack of debt, successful exhibitions and incredible value of the assets, it is clear that this enterprise is worth at least twice the current market cap. Since multiple management teams have been unable to unlock the company's inherent value, we call for the immediate sale of the company or similar activities that would provide relief for long suffering shareholders. "While we can't speak for any other shareholders other than ourselves, we suspect all shareholders will appreciate your acceptance of the current realities of the situation and your immediate actions to remedy them. "It is simply time for the shareholders to get paid, too.

"I look forward to your response."

 

 

 


A Family with a history of using Black Market Cadavers


Premier Exhibitions
is not the only organization that plastinates possible executed prioners in Dalian China.

Gunther Von Hagen would have you think he is innocent but by his own website and as a matter of record, "In 2001, he founded a private company, the Von Hagens Dalian Plastination Ltd., in Dalian, China, which currently employs a staff of 250."
Indeed he has lived in Dalian China. Current cadaver shows, including the former exhibit in Seattle have
used cadavers processed from Von Hagen's Dalian plant.
In ABC's 20/20 special Von Hagen states with what appear to be fake tears in his eyes that
"he had cremated some bodies that showed head injuries."
Oh really? How convenient.
Why have officials not asked why he did not send the bodies back for proper burial and alert the authorities?

These two expose articles [in German with photos] are considered the best article and research into Gunther Von Hagen and Sui Hongjin - Von Hagen's former manager .
Sui Hongjin now works for Premier Exhibitions which tours the U.S.
The facts are both plastinators have a long and documented history of using cadavers from unscrupulous sources.
Tough questions were asked in Germany and Europe and its time the U.S. also started asking questions.
PDF - Caution, article contains graphic photographs.

2005 Spiegel Article on Gunther Von Hagen


Complete Feb. 2005 Der Spiegel Article on Gunther
(real name Liebchen) Von Hagen
and how they found out his father was an SS Nazi officer.
Ask yourself why is Gunther not using his real name?
Answer - because if people here in the U.S. knew the background of Von Hagen his exhibits would enrage the
Jewish community and Human Rights groups and would not be
allowed to be displayed.

ABC News Online - Father of 'body parts' artist faces Nazi claims
A controversial German artist who gained notoriety for displaying body parts and corpses has said his father was pulling out of one of his son's projects following accusations that he had been a Nazi. Professor Gunther von Hagens said his father, 88-year-old Gerhard Liebchen, would no longer play any role in setting up a laboratory and warehouse in Poland to store bodies for his macabre exhibitions. ...Professor von Hagens's touring exhibition, Body Worlds, which contains 175 body parts and 25 corpses exhibited in a highly graphic manner, has prompted critics to label his art a "freak show" and him "a modern-day Frankenstein". ... German magazine Der Spiegel said in its issue published on Monday that the artist's father "appeared to have been actively involved" in the SS and helped carry out the Nazi repression of Poles during World War II.

See more of this article below

 

Seattle's Most Culturally Offensive Exhibit

How did it happen?

Nobody hopes it is true - that what was exhibited were executed prisoners but the fact is that everybody knew there was the possibility, some more than others. Who hosted this exhibit? Seattle Theater Group and the Museum of History and Industry. The Seattle Theater Group states they did a survey of the community a year prior to solicite feedback and comments. They claim they called former Govenor Gary Locke, the Wing Luke Asian Museum and the Asian Newspapers.

Was it for feedback or to suppress opposition? We know from statements from Ron Chew former director of the Wing Luke Asian museum that they discussed possible protests by the Chinese community but next thing Ron Chew knows is the exhbit is in town. From that time on, the Chinese community has remained mysteriously silent.

There also remains the fact that everybody knew the deceased never gave their consent. Scattle City Council, Schools, There was hardly a news report that did not mention this concern. Yet regardless visitors and schools came.

The only evidence we saw of non-endorsement was the Washington State Convention Center refused to put out their brochures - likely because of the graphic nature.

 

 

Museum proprietors protest 'Bodies' show
By CAROL SMITH P-I REPORTER

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/290350_mystery28.html

Charlette LeFevre and Philip Lipson want to know how Seattle ended up with an exhibit such as "Bodies." (October 28, 2006) . Photo by Meryl Schenker/Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Philip Lipson, bespectacled and soft-spoken, is the dreamer, and Charlette LeFevre, intense and articulate, is the feisty skeptic. Together, the two paranormal enthusiasts reprise a kind of latter-day Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, a little older and a little rounder than their "X-Files" alter egos. Now the two proprietors of Seattle's Museum of the Mysteries are taking on the biggest mystery of their careers: How did Seattle, which prides itself on its cultural sensitivity, come to put the corpses of some 20 unclaimed, unidentified Chinese individuals on display for profit in the name of edu-tainment?

Charlette LeFevre and Philip Lipson want to know how Seattle ended up with an exhibit such as "Bodies." They traffic in the weird and unexplained themselves, but the multimillion-dollar "Bodies ... The Exhibition" show now on view in Seattle just over a mile away from the museum violates their sense of human decency, and -- they say -- the human rights of the individuals who have been dissected for display. "We have a responsibility to speak up," said LeFevre, who, with her partner, hosts ghost tours of Capitol Hill. "We speak about the dead, but we do it in a respectful way."...

 

 

 

 

Seattle's Most Culturally Offensive Exhibit
Already saw the exhibit?
Feel like you co ntributed to a black market corpse trafficking?
Call the hosts of the exhibit
Seattle Theater Group
206-467-5510
or
The Museum of History and Industry
206 -324-1126

and and ask for a Refund
!!!

But didn't know the cadavers were unconsenting?
Not told of their Chinese nationality?

Didn't realize your ticket was futhering this type of human trafficking?
Feel Dehumanized?
Ask the promoters why they don't have this on their advertising
and ask for a REFUND!
Paid with a visa? Call your Bank or Credit Card company, tell them you paid for your ticket under false advertising
and have the charges reversed.

Ask for a REFUND!

 


Check your City!

 

Boston: http://dignityinboston.googlepages.com
Virtual Picket Line Durham: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2371668630 http://robinkirk.com/wordpress/archives/85
California: http://www.92122.blogspot.com
Cincinnati OH: http://morristsai.com/2008/01/bodies-the-exhibition-dead-bod.html

Attention all cities with cadaver shows appearing or scheduled to open.

Consider ordinances or laws in your city preventing the display of human remains.
San Francisco enacted a police ordinance and the State of Washington will soon sign in a house bill.
Citizens and medical professionals, demand death certificates and verification. Citizens, consider the cultural offensiveness and implications of cadaver displays.
Exhibiting a person's body against their cultural and spiritual belief is wrong - it doesn't matter what country, cultural or religion you belong to, there is no civilized culture in the world that desecrates cadavers for profit.

News

Congratulations!!!!
Today, Jan. 25 2008, the California State Assemby voted to approve legislation prohibiting the display of human remains without the deceased's consent. This is a major victory as this legislation sends a big message around the world!
We will continue to support the similar Washington State House Bill 1253 until it is passed.

- Charlette LeFevre and Philip Lipson
Seattle Museum of the Mysteries

______________________________________________

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-corpse25jan25,0,2070702.story

.....On Thursday the California State Assembly voted 50 to 4 to approve legislation to ensure that the people whose remains are on display consented to be gawked at by the public. The bill next goes to the Senate. "Although plastination was intended to advance medicine and science, many entrepreneurs are using plastination to make outrageous profits by dissecting, mutilating and parading unwilled bodies around the world and in our state," the bill's sponsor, Assemblywoman Fiona Ma (D-San Francisco), said during Assembly debate. "Asking for consent and verification is not too much to ask."

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ABC's Dan Noyez story on their investigation
Lawmaker wants limits on body exhibits Wednesday, January 16, 2008

http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/iteam&id=5896409

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Bodies Banned in Russia
PRXI Stock falls.
by Brandon Schubert

³BodiesŠThe Exhibition² was supposed to be shown in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Unfortunately, the bodies never quite got past the government, who held them for 6 months before returning them to Premier. Likely, the controversial nature of the exhibit was just too much for the former communist state. The Russia debacle may show the lack of due diligence on the part of management. Announcing an exhibit in a country without fully being aware of the logistical issues led to losing out on 2 cents per share in earnings. There is a large opportunity cost of having the exhibit in storage in a Russian airport hangar instead of being exhibited elsewhere. - Jan 18, 2008
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A half-dozen Duke University professors staged a protest of Bodies: The Exhibition


Bodiesı exhibit draws criticism
By Monica Chen, The Herald-Sun
September 1, 2007
A half-dozen Duke University professors staged a protest of BODIESŠ The Exhibition at The Streets at Southpoint [North Carolina] on Saturday. Holding signs in English and Chinese reading ³Real People ‹ No Consent² and ³For money and gold, abuse human rights,² the protesters handed out leaflets by the ticketing booth as doors to the exhibit opened at noon. Produced by Premier Exhibitions of Atlanta, the BODIES exhibit displays more than 200 preserved organs and dissected bodies with their muscles, blood vessels and brains exposed. The company and many of its customers have defended the exhibit, which debuted in 2005 in Florida, saying it is educational. Critics say it is deeply unethical.....

www.nobodies4profit.org


Elaine Catz, an 11-year employee of the Carnegie Science Centerscience resigned over "Bodies''
Science Center employee quits

"We don't know how these people died or why they died, and I don't think Premier knows, either," she said, referring to the company, Premier Exhibitions of Atlanta, that is presenting the show. "Before we put our stamp of approval on it, there should be a high burden of proof on Premier.''...It was all too much for Ms. Catz, the Carnegie employee who resigned. She questions the provenance of the bodies, the trustworthiness of Chinese assurances and the place of cadaver exhibits in a civilized society. "There are a lot of so-called 'assurances' about this exhibit, but I'm not sure the Carnegie Institute investigated it far enough," said Ms. Catz, ,,, "Asking questions is the only way scientists learn anything, but you have to verify the sources," she said. "The science center is willing to accept the answer they want to hear, without verification, because they want this show to bring in the crowds. That, for me, is where they've strayed from their mission. I tried really hard to tell them that."...

 

Saturday, January 6, 2007
If only these bodies could talk
By ROBERT L. JAMIESON Jr. P-I COLUMNIST
...."We're treating this educational exhibit with a high degree of sacredness -- with dignity and respect." Well, at least he got the "educational" part right. But that in no way excuses this sacrilegious abuse of human bodies that are not allowed to rest in peace. The exhibit does offer a revealing look at the human form. The show -- with 21 whole, desiccated bodies and more than 200 organs and body parts -- left a mostly positive impression on school kids and grown-ups I met at the show. Really, though, how much dignity, sacredness or respect can anyone claim to show for the dead when the bodies are contorted to become volleyball players "digging" at a ball? Or when bodies are forced to strike a pose that mimics how a track- and-field athlete throws a discus? If these cadavers weren't already out of the grave they'd be rolling over in it. But the looky loos keep coming by the thousands each day even as the exhibit ducks a troubling issue: how the corpses of the unclaimed and unidentified Chinese people became part of this moneymaking show and tell. When I first heard about the Chinese bodies being used, two words crossed my mind -- political prisoners.

That thought was followed by a second: What would be the public reaction if these bodies were sub-Saharan pygmies or people of Jewish heritage or Native Americans? Exhibit officials say the bodies are leased from a Chinese medical university that specializes in preserving bodies for medical studies. Liquids were removed from the bodies, which were injected with a silicone material to "plasticize" them. The school supposedly obtained the bodies from the Chinese government, which takes possession of unclaimed or unidentified bodies.

Tour officials say they have contracts with the medical school that assures the bodies were unclaimed and had died of natural causes. That's one way of looking at it. Another comes from the International Examiner, a Seattle-based newspaper that covers Asian American issues. The paper justifiably wonders if any rights were violated because the cadavers couldn't possibly have explicitly consented to their bodies being used for edutainment. A tour spokeswoman even concedes that exhibit officials have to trust the university about the bodies' origins. The Examiner said the presence of family around the time of a person's death is of vital importance in Chinese culture. This fueled suspicions the bodies in the exhibit belonged to the poor or disenfranchised. In a December issue, the Examiner asked: "Is this education or exploitation? The people at the exhibit aren't really interested in having that conversation." Exhibit officials, however, can't stop talking about the missing kidney. They said that because of the preservation process, the kidney poses no health threat. Beyond that, they're just as puzzled as anyone else. "I have no idea what in the world someone would do with a polymer, preserved kidney," LaBelle said. "It is no longer functional." As a learning tool, LaBelle called the kidney, taken from a hands-on public touch booth, "priceless." At the press conference tough questions flew from reporters' lips. How much does the kidney weigh? Is there a backup kidney? Was the kidney dissected? Can we see where the kidney was taken from? Was the kidney insured? And this gem: What kind of public appeal should we make to the kidney thief? As I listened in, I wasn't sure what was worse: the lack of public dialogue about the sanctity of the bodies or so much attention going to a kidney that left the building.

 

New Development - 2/07
Washington Representatives Sponsors: Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson, Rep. Shay Schual-Berke, Rep. Tom Campbell, Rep. Sharon Santos, Rep. Phyllis Kenney, Rep. Jim Moeller. have now sponsored a bill
HR Bill 1253 and is now pending in
legislation making it unlawful to display human remains to the public for commercial purposes including any display for which the public is charged a fee without valid written authorization from the deceased.

AN ACT Relating to the commercial display of human remains; adding a new section to chapter 68.50 RCW; and prescribing penalties. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON: NEW SECTION. Sec. 1. A new section is added to chapter 68.50 RCW to read as follows:
(1)(a) It is unlawful to display human remains to the public for commercial purposes without valid written authorization from the deceased.
The valid written authorization may be given in the last will of the deceased or in a document created under RCW 68.50.160 or 68.50.540, or by a person who has the right to control the disposition of the remains under RCW 68.50.160.
The secretary of the department of health or the secretary's designee must, prior to the display, determine the adequacy of the documentation offered to establish authorization for display. (b) Human remains are presumed to be held in compliance with this section when the remains are in the possession of an institution accredited as a museum or in the possession of an accredited institution of higher education.
(2) This section does not apply to the display of human remains: (a) More than one hundred years old;
(b) Consisting solely of human teeth or hair; (c) As part of the ordinary display or viewing of the deceased at a funeral establishment licensed under chapter 18.39 RCW, or as part of a similar funeral or memorial service; or (d) As objects of religious veneration.
(3) A violation of this section is a misdemeanor punishable under chapter 9A.20 RCW. The attorney general or the appropriate prosecuting attorney may bring an action to enjoin a violation of this section in the superior court of Thurston county or the county in which the violation occurs or is about to occur.
(4) As used in this section, "commercial purposes" includes any display for which the public is charged a fee or other consideration.

Please be advised a District Court Complaint has been filed against Premier Exhibitions
in U.|S. Western District Court and is pending.

 

Why Cadaver Shows are Exploitive Abuses of Corpses

First lets define these bodies as frankly cadavers. Who are we fooling? Even plastinization experts state these bodies may contain upto 30% tissue. Yup, tissue. That means not everything is plastic. Given the natural breakdown of tissue with bacteria, temperature change and movement, there is probably alot of tissue dust falling on the floor.

Lets get the facts here - Bodies: The Exhibiton does not have consent papers of the cadavers. They admit they are unclaimed bodies,
Premier Exhibitions is NOT an educational organization
Premier Exhibitions NOT a medical organization
Premier Exhibition is NOT an organ donor organization
There is no known doctor, nurse or medical organization endorsing this exhibit.
Roy Glover spokesman is NOT a medical physician

Where is your money going?

Not a single penny of your ticket is going to help a person or child in need of an organ.
Not a single penny of your ticket is going back to the family or province of the deceased.
Not a single penny is going to cultural education.

Yeh, it might be cool to see the insides of a person skinned and flayed, but at what cost?

Your money is going into the salary of the CEOs and investors of Premier Exhibtions - an investors company.
Your money is going to further the cultural descration of the Chinese.
Your money is going to further the abuse of a corpse against its cultural heritage.


 

 

Arnie Geller - CEO of Premier Exhibits, ScrewYou!
You are like a Nazi Bastard earning a six figure salary off exploiting
the skinned backs of the Chinese poor.
How low can you get?

How low can supporters of this exhibit get?

There is a special place in hell reserved for people like this who culturally desecrate
their fellow human being.


By their own admittance in their ads Premier Exhibition uses real human bodies.
Regardless of their preservation method, these cadavers are still
comprised of tissue, still show facial and identifying features and should still be legally identified as cadavers.

By inherent international guidelines it is a violation of human rights to desecrate
a cadaver against its cultural background for profit.

We are requesting the State of Washington courts to find Premiere Exhibitions guilty of violating the spirit of the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act which expressly prohibits the sale of human tissue for profit and violating local and federal privacy and decency laws and basic human rights by desecrating cadavers in violation of their cultural heritage.

Whereas Premiere Exhibitions has demonstrated and acknowledged receiving revenue for the exchange of organs, tissue and cadavers, either by leasing, selling tickets and marketing for revenue, we believe Premiere Exhibitions should be found guilty of selling human tissue.

Whereas the Chinese cadavers and organs are displayed contrary to the Chinese belief of burying the body whole, we believe Premier Exhibitions has desecrated the bodies.

Whereas all the cadavers are displayed naked with full exposure of genitalia having been exhibited to minors, we believe Premier Exhibitions should be found to have violated local and federal decency and privacy laws.

Whereas Premiere Exhibitions cannot show license and bonding for handling human tissue, organs and cadavers and cannot show a licensed medical physician representative, we believe Premier Exhibitions should be found have violated the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act.

Whereas Premier Exhibitions claims they exhibit for entertainment and is not a medical, educational or non-profit and cannot show any single medical merit of transplantation, we believe Premier Exhibitions should be found guilty of acquiring human tissue, organs without just medical cause.

Whereas Premiere Exhibitions has crossed state lines and developed and furthered a trade of organs, tissue and cadavers without the oversight of any medical organization or medical physician.

Whereas Premiere Exhibitions currently trades stock under NASDAQ as PRXI Premier Exhibitions is a for profit investors corporation and exhibits for profit.

We are requesting the State of Washington courts to find Premiere Exhibitions guilty of violating the spirit of the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act which expressly prohibits the sale of human tissue for profit and violating local and federal privacy and decency laws and basic human rights by desecrating cadavers in violation of their cultural heritage.


If you thought Desecrating a person's body against their cultural belief for Profit is wrong - your right!



The truth of how human cadavers are being sold for
profit in Bodies: The Exhibition - a show of cadavers
marketed under the guise of education and how
Seattle is allowing
a violation of human rights and hosting the most
Internationally culturally offensive exhibit in Seattle's history.

The exhibit is not cool, its crass.
Its dignified to NOT see this exhibit.

China officially admits executed prisoners are the basis of organ trafficking - 11/17/2006
(see news below)


Quotes

"We're talking potentially about thousands of people who have been drained, pumped with plastic, chopped up
like meat, and then served around the state for commercial purposes,"
- California Democratic Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, - to California Assembly, ABC News
Jan 25, 2008.

"Poor Taste" - Seattle Mayor Greg Nickles, Nov. 2006 regarding Bodies: The Exhibiton hosted by
Seattle Theater Group and the Museum of History and Industry.

"We just rent the place " - Museum of History and Industry.
"It sells tickets" - Leonard Garfield, Museum of History and Industry.
"No Comment" - Former Governor Gary Locke, Sept. 2006 regarding Bodies: The Exhibiton in Seattle

I'm troubled by the fact the bodies are from China," "There are a lot of issues there."
"My hands are tied"


- Ron Chew, executive director of the Wing Luke Asian Museum.

"From a cultural perspective, especially since a number of the cadavers are from China, it feels like a gross violation,"
"The willful use of putting a body on indefinite display like that condemns the soul to wander the netherworld with no chance to rest."
- Bettie Luke

"You just don't know what kind of bodies you're getting from China because there's
not a lot of regulation. There's a lot of organ harvesting."

- Tan Truong, a Seattle practitioner of Falun Gong
- Seattle PI, Thur. Sept. 28, 2006.

"There seems to be a presumption that if you have unclaimed bodies you
have carte blanche to do whatever you please with them," he said. "In their lifetime, some of these
people might have been horrified by being put on display like this." - Rabbi Danny Schiff

...³any activity that transgresses an individual's human rights or involves the coercion of an individual to
become an organ donor² must be condemned. ³The alleged use of organs from executed prisoners
without consent [for financial gain] is [. . .] a breach of human rights and is an unacceptable practice.²

- Stephen Wigmore, chairman of the British Transplantation Society Ethics Committee
Beijing (AsiaNews/Agencies), April 20, 2006

 

..egregious human rights abuse...
-
Michael E. Parmly, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor

 

Consumer Alert! on Bodies: The Exhibiton

Seattle is allowing a violation of human rights and hosting arguably what can be considered the most Internationally culturally offensive exhibit in Seattle's history. The Federal Uniform Anatomical Gift Act explicitly prohibits the selling of human tissue for profit.

Consumers: There is something promoters are not telling the public in their advertisements.
If you thought Desecrating a person's body against their cultural belief for Profit is wrong - your right!

Get the Facts:

1. Promoters are not stating to visitors that the 21 cadavers the exhbit are Chinese and cannot show consent papers. It is felt that if consumers knew the bodies they were looking at did not consent to be displayed to the public and is culturally offensive to the Chinese, they might reconsider attending. Consumers should realize that purchasing a ticket is furthing the trade and exploitation of these cadavers, furthering the cultural offense and supporting this trade.
2. Note that no U.S. physician has endorsed this exhibit. Dr. Roy Glover who is listed as “Chief Medical Advisor” for “Bodies: The Exhibition” is a retired professor of Anatomy from the Univ. of Michigan and is NOT a physician or medical doctor. The Directors also encourage anyone who has already seen the show and if they were not informed of the lack of consent of the cadavers in the exhibit’s advertisement and felt they were misled, to ask for a refund.

It always amazes me how people try and justfity this exhbiit.
But their dead right? Let me spell it out for you...

Desecrating a person's body against their cultural belief for Profit is WRONG!

But its educational!

Desecrating a person's body against their cultural belief for Profit is WRONG!

But thousands of people have seen this exhibit...

Desecrating a person's body against their cultural belief for Profit is WRONG!

But they were unclaimed bodies

Desecrating a person's body against their cultural belief for Profit is WRONG!

But its cool

Desecrating a person's body against their cultural belief for Profit is WRONG!

 

But it brings in millions of dollars...

Desecrating a person's body against their cultural belief for Profit is WRONG!

 

The bottom line is these cadavers exhibits are just WRONG.
They are culturally offensive and will always be culturally offensive.

 

 

 

When was unconsenting ever legal not to mention ethical? Consent should not be a debate issue!
Our Bodies, Ourselves: Consent is crucial
SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER EDITORIAL BOARD

Consent, how important is it?

We teach our kids at an early age to not let strangers touch their bodies and their private parts.
We have consent laws which allow legal organ and blood donation here in the U.S. on our drivers license.
We have decency and privacy laws. What are we teaching our children when we take them to an exhibit that exploits a cultural group with desecrated cadavers stripped naked who when living would never have wanted to be displayed in this manner in direct contrast to their culture? That its ok to be culturally offensive for the sake of education?

The Directors of the Seattle Museum of the Mysteries Charlette LeFevre and Philip Lipson
have filed a federal complaint on the basis that exhibitors do not have consent papers
citing the statement of Dr. Lynn Romrell Ph.D. Executive Director of the Anatomical Board of the State of Florida
and the city of San Francisco's ordinance prohibiting the display of human remains without authorization or consent.
The Directors have requested Seattle City Council to adopt San Francisco's ordinance before the exhibit opened Sept. 30th but the Council to date has refused to even look at the ordinance.

Additionally a formal complaint has been sent by the Directors to Amnesty International.
As the exhibitors admit these cadavers are unconsenting and cannot prove their identities and were not
political prisoners, visitors may unknowingly be furthering a human rights violation and violation of the Geneva Convention.

Teacher recommendations. Review the diffent cultures around the world and their burial customs, the burial rites and ethics in medicine. Find out about our consent laws and the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act, even the Geneva Convention. (rules posted below).

Media Request - No display of Culturally offensive Cadaver Photos and Ads.
The Directors of the Seattle Museum of the Mysteries are respectfully asking all media and organizations to not post photos and images of the Chinese cadavers as advertised in ³Bodies: The Exhibiton² and other similar exhibits as they are deemed culturally offensive and may be unknowingly furthering a cultural indignity of the deceased while a federal complaint is pending in district court.

The directors cite a similar type of exhibit was banned in San Francisco in 2005 due to lack of consent papers. While the directors promote freedom of speech and education, they recognize the graphic public display of ads, photos and banners of cadavers, Chinese or otherwise who would not have wanted to have been displayed to the public is hugely offensive to cultural groups and religions, may be too graphic for minors and would be hugely offensive to the families of the deceased.

The Directors ask each organization to reevaluate photos, ads and postings of images of cadavers as violation of basic privacy and decency laws.

Desecrating a person's body against their cultural belief for Profit is WRONG!


 

Already saw the exhibit?
But didn't know the cadavers were unconsenting?
Not told of their Chinese nationality?

Didn't realize your ticket was futhering this type of human trafficking?
Feel Dehumanized?
Ask the promoters why they don't have this on their advertising
and ask for a REFUND!

We recommend you
Call the hosts of the exhibit
Seattle Theater Group
206-467-5510
or
The Museum of History and Industry
206 -324-1126

and and ask for a Refund
!!!


Paid with a visa? Call your Bank or Credit Card company, tell them you paid for your ticket under false advertising
and have the charges reversed.

Ask for a REFUND!

Why? Every penny you gave them furthers this type of human trafficking.
Correct your karma.

 

 


Seattle is allowing a violation of human rights and hosting the most Internationally culturally offensive exhibit in Seattle's history. Ask yourself, if this is any different than what the Nazi's did to Jews by using medical experimentation to justify their abuse? I

 

"I thought its illegal to sell, trade and receive undonated or unconsenting body parts in the U.S., even if you are an artist or physician."
- Charlette LeFevre

Bodies, unless my moral compass has gone wildly off course, is the greatest affront to human dignity, the greatest insult to the dead and the rights of their loved ones, that we, in a voyeuristic culture, have ever seen. - Norman Lebrecht, April 11, 2006..... Full Article


Cities and areas that have banned or vetoed the exhibit: or similar types of exhibits.

Ft. Lauderdale by Mayor Jim Naugle
San Francisco - by ordinance 222-05 initiated by City Supervisor Fiona Ma which bans the exhibit of human remains without consent from the deceased.


News Articles:

Falun Gong and Organ Harvesting

State Department - Sale of Chinese Organs
Michael E. Parmly, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Hearing Before the Subcommittee on International Operations and Human Rights, House International Relations Washington, DC June 27, 2001
http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/rm/2001/3792.htm

In the months ahead, we will continue to make clear our strong opposition to the repugnant practice of coercive organ harvesting and will press the Government of China to ensure its organ transplant policies and practices are in compliance with international human rights norms as well as international medical practices.

State Department - State's Parmly on Sale of Human Organs in China (Parmly calls practice "egregious human rights abuse")
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State of the Bureau for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Michael E. Parmly testified before members of Congress June 27 about what the State Department is doing to put an end to "the repugnant practice of coercive organ harvesting" and trafficking in organs that occurs in China.


David Matas (left) and David Kilgour (right) at the press conference, Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Canada, July 6, 2006
Mattas and David Kilgour Report into Allegations of Organ Harvesting of Falun Gong Practioners in China


Christian Science Monitor - China faces suspicions about organ harvesting

OTTAWA: David Matas, international human rights lawyer, and David Kilgour, former Secretary of State (Asia-Pacific) for Canada, today released an independent report, following their two-month inquiry into allegations that vital organs are being seized from Falun Gong practitioners across China.
http://investigation.go.saveinter.net/

"We believe that there has been and continues today to be large-scale organ seizures from unwilling Falun Gong practitioners."

Amnesty International
- Fact Sheet on Falun Gong

China Digital Times - Former Beijing policeman Sun Liyong says he knows the methods used by Chinese authorities to harvest body parts from prisoners.

AsiaNewsIT - China officially admits executed prisoners are the basis of organ trafficking - 11/17/2006
http://www.asianews.it/view.php?l=en&art=7771#

Health authorities acknowledge the problem for the first time. They also recognise the existence of an organ black market but deny public officials are involved, blaming instead surgeons, who in turn, refute such allegations.
Beijing (AsiaNews/Agencies) ­ Chinaıs government has admitted that an illegal traffic in human organs for transplant actually exists, but blamed it on the work of rogue surgeons. For this reason, it has called on the members of the profession to adhere to a ³code of conduct².
Addressing a conference of surgeons in Guangzhou yesterday, Deputy Health Minister Huang Jiefu acknowledged that most organs harvested come from executed prisoners. He insisted that informed consent must inform organ harvesting, that donation be voluntary and done with the consent of donors or their families. ³The harvesting, distribution and use of organs must be closely tracked under responsible supervision by related administrations,² Mr Huang said. ³Under-the-table business must be banned,² Mr Huang said cognizant that too often organs come from non consenting parties and are sold for high fees to foreigners.....

AsiaNewsIT
http://www.asianews.it/view.php?l=en&art=5955
Transplant organs removed without executed prisonersı consent British group charges doctors and authorities are involved in the lucrative business. Many are concerned that demand for organs leads to executions. Beijing (AsiaNews/Agencies) ­ The British Transplantation Society (BTS) announced yesterday that an ³accumulating body of evidence suggests that the organs of executed prisoners are being removed for transplantation without the prior consent of either the prisoner or their family.² The situation is such that China has become the main supplier of transplant organs, involving transplant centres, patients, and the authorities and judiciary responsible for the prisoners in a very lucrative business.
For Stephen Wigmore, chairman of the BTS Ethics Committee, ³any activity that transgresses an individual's human rights or involves the coercion of an individual to become an organ donor² must be condemned. ³The alleged use of organs from executed prisoners without consent [for financial gain] is [. . .] a breach of human rights and is an unacceptable practice.²

 

Beijing: new health rules to stem organ trafficking
http://www.asianews.it/view.php?l=en&art=6729

Beijing (AsiaNews) ­ The Chinese government has approved a series of new regulations governing the use and transport of corpses and human organs with the aim of preventing illegal trade. The new rules will enter into force on 1 August 2006.

 

Wednesday, November 1, 2006
Our Bodies, Ourselves: Consent is crucial
SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER EDITORIAL BOARD
Critics of an exhibition of human bodies have put a finger on something intangible and important: consent. Lawmakers here, in Olympia and Washington, D.C., ought to pay attention to the growing controversies that are developing as for-profit exhibits of dead Chinese men, women and fetuses spread around the country. The unease many feel is appropriate. We respect the stated goals of various exhibiters to educate the public about the wonder of the human body and the need to take care of it. (The Seattle P-I is a sponsor of "Bodies ... The Exhibition" here.) But the exhibits traveling around the United States have offered little or no documentation that, during their lives, the people whose bodies are on display gave permission for such an exhibition.
As the P-I has reported, Atlanta-based Premiere Exhibitions, which brought cadavers here, has said its contract with a Chinese university guarantees the bodies are not from political or religious prisoners. Given the anemic state of China's legal system and the government's weak human rights record, it would be only modestly more reassuring if the group made the contracts public. But anyone deserves say about whether his or her body is shown. Last year, San Francisco passed a law requiring proof of consent for such exhibits and empowered health officials to judge the evidence. Seattle City Council, the Legislature and Congress should also demand respect for the wishes of the dead.

Seattle PI - Museum Proprietors protest Bodies show
Seattle Ti mes - All Laid Bare in Bodies Exhibit
Seattle Times - Medical Examiner to inspect Bodies used in new Exhibit
Florida Board attempt to stop exhibit

San Francisco's ABC News - New Deadline for Human Body Exhibit
San Francisco's ABC News - Protestors Boycott Human Corpse Exhibit

The Guardian - Von Hagen forced to return Controversial Corpses to China

www.laogai.org - Laogai Research Foundation


 

Seattle Cadavers Nazi Connection

Fact: The Dalian China plant where the Seattle cadavers were plastinated was established by the Institute of Plastination in which Gerhard Liebchen was once a board member - a Nazi SS officer who served in WWII during 1939-1941. Gerhard Liebchen is the father of Gunther Von Hagen whos real name is Gunther Liebchen. Gunther took his first wife's name VonHagen it is believed to hide the fact his father was a Nazi SS officer. Gunther Von Hagen is the originator of this plastination process and currently owns the plant in Dalian China.
An additional connection between Von Hagen and Seattle is Von Hagen's former associate is Sui Hongjin who now works for Premier Exhibitions now exhibiting in Seattle.

Spiegel - Family's Nazi Secret Haunts 'Body Worlds' Founder
March 3, 2005
http://www.spiegel.de/international/0,1518,344539,00.html


German pathologist Gunther von Hagens, who has made an international name for himself with his exhibitions of plasticized human cadavers, is raising eyebrows with his plan to open a corpse processing plant in Poland. Worse yet, it has emerged that his main deputy, his father, served as a Nazi SS officer.

...Father and factory boss a former SS member? Ironically, however, it could be developments in Poland that create the greatest problems for the pathologist. Over the weekend, DER SPIEGEL newsmagazine revealed that von Hagens's father, whom he had appointed to run his Polish operation, had served as a member of the Nazi SS and participated in the oppression of Poles. For the Polish, already offended by the idea of a German man trying to make a business out of processing dead bodies on Polish soil just 60 years after the liberation of Auschwitz, the news just added insult to injury. Gunter von Hagens at a Body World exhibit in Berlin in 2001. ...

When contacted by DER SPIEGEL about his past last week, von Hagens's father, 88-year-old Gerhard Liebchen, said that he could not "make statements in an appropriate way about complex circumstances of events 60 years past." Complex indeed. The documents suggest Liebchen was an active participant in the campaign against the Polish population after the Nazis invaded in 1939. They show that he served not only as a Nazi activist, but also as a member of the feared SS between the years of 1939-40 and in 1942. The papers portray a man who was more than keen to toe the Nazi party line. Liebchen, the son of a German railway worker, grew up as part of the German minority in Poland in the city of Skalmierzyce, then known as Alt Skalden. As a young man, he became politically active among the region's German ethnic minority and was even jailed by Polish officials after participating in a political gathering in 1939.

Many feel von Hagens violates the dignity of the dead.
After the Nazis invaded in the autumn of 1939, Liebchen was released, SS files state, and he joined a paramilitary Nazi unit in Poland known as the "Pozan Self-Defense" that was run by SS squads and known for its brutal acts of revenge. Leibchen's supervisor at the time was SS leader Juergen Stroop who was responsible for the 1943 destruction of Warsaw's Jewish ghetto. In 1952, Stroop was executed after his conviction on war crimes charges. Sixty names for deportation In autumn 1939, Liebchen, according to his own statements, became the leader of the paramilitary group in his district and openly sought the favor of the future "Hangman of Warsaw." Stroop even went so far in October 1940 as to recommend that SS headquarters in Berlin present Liebchen with a cross of merit for the wartime help he gave the Nazis. By that point, Liebchen had already joined the ranks of the SS. One witness still has concrete memories of a "young Lipchen." In an investigative report published by the Warsaw daily Rzeczpospolita, a Pole named Stefan Tomczak said the son of a "retired railway worker" from Alt-Skalden -- who is believed to be Liebchen -- had compiled a list of 60 Polish rebels, students and reserve officers who were deported to concentration camps in April 1940....

The Guardian - The controversial German anatomist Gunther von Hagens last night agreed to return seven corpses to China after admitting that the bodies used in his exhibitions might have come from executed prisoners.

....."I can't prove the bodies weren't executed, but I believe they weren't." He said he received his bodies from Chinese officials but could not be sure of their origins. He said he only discovered last week that seven corpses in his collection had head injuries. The fedora-wearing scientist now lives in the Chinese city of Dalian and employs 200 people to dissect and preserve corpses at a centre. The centre is close to three prison camps, which are home to political detainees and members of the banned Falun Gong movement. According to Amnesty International, China's communist authorities executed 2,468 people in 2001 by shooting them in the head or the back of the neck.....

ABC News Online - Father of 'body parts' artist faces Nazi claims
A controversial German artist who gained notoriety for displaying body parts and corpses has said his father was pulling out of one of his son's projects following accusations that he had been a Nazi. Professor Gunther von Hagens said his father, 88-year-old Gerhard Liebchen, would no longer play any role in setting up a laboratory and warehouse in Poland to store bodies for his macabre exhibitions. ...Professor von Hagens's touring exhibition, Body Worlds, which contains 175 body parts and 25 corpses exhibited in a highly graphic manner, has prompted critics to label his art a "freak show" and him "a modern-day Frankenstein". ... German magazine Der Spiegel said in its issue published on Monday that the artist's father "appeared to have been actively involved" in the SS and helped carry out the Nazi repression of Poles during World War II.

Secret Origins of Bodies

Novosti - Russian News and Information Agency - Siberian Court upholds Verdict against corpse-smuggling professor. NOVOSIBIRSK, November 3 (RIA Novosti) - A Siberian court rejected on Friday the appeal of a medical professor convicted of smuggling dozens of corpses to a controversial German anatomist. The presidium of the Novosibirsk regional court in western Siberia upheld the verdict of a lower court against Vladimir Novosyolov, who headed the region's forensic medical examination bureau. The professor, who denies charges of smuggling bodies to German anatomist Gunther von Hagens, had appealed against the lower court's verdict...

Mysterious Find

Chicago Tribune - ....But there is a vulnerable population in Kyrgyzstan: prisoners, mental-asylum inmates and impoverished people who die in hospitals. Two years ago, Akbokon Tashtanbekov, then a member of parliament, began hearing complaints from his constituents about missing relatives. Tashtanbekov said in a recent phone interview that he didn't believe the stories at first, but he visited the Kyrgyz State Medical Academy in Bishkek, where bodies were prepared at the plastination center. Employees told him the bosses were away and denied him entry.
Then one night as he was passing the academy, he saw that the lights were on inside. He climbed through a window and found himself in a morgue with 110 barrels of human organs and 217 entire corpses stored in refrigerators or immersed in special basins. Tashtanbekov halted the work and sealed off the building to stop employees from removing anything. According to his figures, the academy had obtained more than 800 dead bodies from prisons, psychiatric wards and hospitals, which hadn't always notified the families. Eighteen or 19 children were among them, Tashtanbekov says. "The oldest was 6 years old; the youngest one was only 14 hours old." Prisons allegedly sold bodies for $13 to $15 apiece.
One Kyrgyz resident, Raisa Gerasimenko, will never know what became of her son, Dmitry. Gerasimenko, 65, said in a telephone interview that she received a telegram in 1998 from a psychiatric hospital stating that her brain-damaged son had died. When she tried to pick up the body, she was told it had been sent to the medical academy.
"I was asking them, 'Please give me at least one of his bones, and I'll bury it next to my husband. I'll be crying there for both of them.' But I've gotten nothing." Another missing body is that of Kishinbek Mamakiev, a 71-year-old resident of Bishkek. One night in 2000, he collapsed in the street from a brain hemorrhage while out for a walk, says his brother, Narynbai. He died in a hospital. His family, however, weren't told of his fate, Narynbai says. They spent three years visiting hospitals and morgues and even placing ads on television. Then, in 2003, they received a call from Tashtanbekov, who said he had found Kishinbek Mamakiev's name in the morgue of the medical academy's plastination center. "They took some organs from him and then they buried him, together with another 10 or 20 discarded people," says Narynbai.

One Kyrgyz official told reporters that about a third of the specimens provided by Kyrgyz psychiatric hospitals went to "Body Worlds," and others claim to recognize Kyrgyz features in some of the short-statured figures in "Body Worlds."...
http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/lifestyle/health/chi-0507310429jul31,1,3790747.story?page=4&coll=chi-health-utl

Comments

"This Seattle exhibit is deeply flawed," Aaron Ginsburg, a pharmacist from Massachusetts, wrote in an e-mail to the Seattle P-I. "The bodies were not donated, and may well have belonged to political prisoners. China is not a nation of laws, and any assurances that the bodies were legally obtained is meaningless."- - Seattle PI, Thur. Sept. 28, 2006.

"I'm troubled by the fact the bodies are from China," said Ron Chew, executive director of the Wing Luke Asian Museum. "There are a lot of issues there." ...

"From a cultural perspective, especially since a number of the cadavers are from China, it feels like a gross violation," said Bettie Luke, who works with various Seattle Chinese American groups. "The willful use of putting a body on indefinite display like that condemns the soul to wander the netherworld with no chance to rest."...

Tan Truong, a Seattle practitioner of Falun Gong, a spiritual movement banned in China, also is worried about the origin of the cadavers. Though Truong admits there's no proof the bodies are those of imprisoned Falun Gong practitioners or other enemies of the Communist government, he said, "You just don't know what kind of bodies you're getting from China because there's not a lot of regulation. There's a lot of organ harvesting." - Seattle PI, Thur. Sept. 28, 2006.

Chinese-Americans began protesting the San Francisco show, and unlike von Hagens, organizers could not defuse the anger by claiming that the bodies were those of donors. Fiona Ma, a member of the San Francisco board of supervisors, called for a ban on such exhibitions if the bodies are not documented as donors who agreed to be displayed in for-profit shows...."In the Chinese culture they have great respect for the dead and superstition about dead bodies and death. And so I know they would never consent to have their bodies displayed like this, in such a manner," says Ma. "It's really kind of disgusting. The bodies are all chopped up. The skin is all flaring out." _ Fiona Ma, San Francisco City Supervisor on a similar exhibit, July 31, 2005, Chicago Tribune.

LAW ENCYCLOPEDIA

The 1987 Unified Antatomical Gift Act explicitly prohibited the sale of human organs.
Federal law expressly prohibits the sale of human tissue with the exception of blood, sperm, or human eggs.
Additionally, the 1984 National Organ Transplant Act (NOTA) expressly forbids the selling of human organs across state lines.


Are federal laws being broken by marketing and promoting unconsenting or undonated human remains?
The 1987 Unified Antatomical Gift Act explicitly prohibites the sale of human organs. Federal law expressly prohibits the sale of human tissue with the exception of blood, sperm, or human eggs. The exhibit which is comprised of 21 Chinse unconsenting cadavers and over 200 organ parts is marketed to the public for revenue by Premiere Exhibitions


Because these cadavers in Seattle are admittedly unidentified and may be political prisoners or prisoners of consciousness as Falun Gong practioners, there may be a violation of the Geneva Convention in the treatement of dead bodies.

Articles of the Geneva Convention
http://www.genevaconventions.org/

Art. 11 - Protection of persons

1. The physical or mental health and integrity of persons who are in the power of the adverse Party or who are interned, detained or otherwise deprived of liberty as a result of a situation referred to in Article 1 shall not be endangered by any unjustified act or omission. Accordingly, it is prohibited to subject the persons described in this Article to any medical procedure which is not indicated by the state of health of the person concerned and which is not consistent with generally accepted medical standards which would be applied under similar medical circumstances to persons who are nationals of the Party conducting the procedure and who are in no way deprived of liberty.

2. It is, in particular, prohibited to carry out on such persons, even with their consent: (a) physical mutilations; (b) medical or scientific experiments; (c) removal of tissue or organs for transplantation, except where these acts are justified in conformity with the conditions provided for in paragraph 1.

3. Exceptions to the prohibition in paragraph 2 (c) may be made only in the case of donations of blood for transfusion or of skin for grafting, provided that they are given voluntarily and without any coercion or inducement, and then only for therapeutic purposes, under conditions consistent with generally accepted medical standards and controls designed for the benefit of both the donor and the recipient.

4. Any wilful act or omission which seriously endangers the physical or mental health or integrity of any person who is in the power of a Party other than the one on which he depends and which either violates any of the prohibitions in paragraphs 1 and 2 or fails to comply with the requirements of paragraph 3 shall be a grave breach of this Protocol.

5. The persons described in paragraph 1 have the right to refuse any surgical operation. In case of refusal, medical personnel shall endeavour to obtain a written statement to that effect, signed or acknowledged by the patient.

6. Each Party to the conflict shall keep a medical record for every donation of blood for transfusion or skin for grafting by persons referred to in paragraph 1, if that donation is made under the responsibility of that Party. In addition, each Party to the conflict shall endeavour to keep a record of all medical procedures undertaken with respect to any person who is interned, detained or otherwise deprived of liberty as a result of a situation referred to in Article 1. These records shall be available at all times for inspection by the Protecting Power.
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Burial of the dead must be carried out individually if possible and must be preceded by a careful examination in order to confirm death and establish identity. The burials should be honorable and, if possible, according to the rites of the religion to which the deceased belonged. Graves must be properly maintained, with adequate record keeping, so that they may be found later. (Convention III, Art. 120)

Outrages upon personal dignity, in particular humiliating and degrading treatment, enforced prostitution and any form of indecent assault is prohibited at any time and in any place whatsoever, whether committed by civilians or military personnel. (Protocol I, Art. 75)

Prisoners of war must be humanely treated at all times. Any unlawful act which causes death or seriously endangers the health of a prisoner of war is a grave breach of the Geneva Conventions. In particular, prisoners must not be subject to physical mutilation, biological experiments, violence, intimidation, insults, and public curiosity. (Convention III, Art. 13)

In the case of missing or dead persons, the main guiding principles for the parties to a conflict and for international humanitarian organizations is the right of families to know the fates of their relatives. (Protocol I, Art. 32)

Civilians must not be coerced to donate blood or skin grafts. (Protocol I, Art. 11, Sec. 3)


Mothers with dependent infants should not be, if at all possible, sentenced to the death penalty for an offense related to the armed conflict, and such sentences must not be carried out. (Protocol I, Art. 76, Sec. 3)


 

Unidentified Chinese Cadavers
Be Afraid, be Very Afraid.

Seattle will soon be receiving on Sept. 30 th across from the Washington State Convention Center 21 cadavers embalmed in a plastination process and admitted over 200 diseased body parts. So what is the controversy other than a for profit corporation will be getting a high traffic, high profile exhibit spot as opposed to a Seattle artist? These cadavers are all Chinese and unconsenting. Funny, the promoters are not mentioning this in their advertisement to visitors. Not surprisingly, if visitors knew these little facts, it would likely effect their decision to buy a ticket. The public has a right to know who they are looking at right?

Apparently Chinese believe in burying their dead whole so its likely these bodies came from political prisoners who ³happened² to have died suddenly in prison. A bit disturbing giving the display of a family member cut open, naked and in a phony pose is not something the Chinese would ever do. This is being put on by the Seattle Theater Group and Premiere Exhibitions out of Atlanta and is called "Bodies: The Exhibition".

The facts are nobody knows who these cadavers are or what they died of and hence their potential health risk to the public yet. Parents, be afraid. San Francisco health officials in 2005 have studied leaking body fluids from similar cadavers from China and identified the liquid as organic material. ABC news crew in San Fancisco state theyıve seen liquid pooling under these open air cadavers they verified in their own lab as liquified body fat. As a result of this similar cadaver exhibit and public outcry they enacted an ordinace banning the display of human remains without authorized consent. Ft. Lauderdale also said no to these exhibits. So why is Seattle getting what San Francisco and other major cities just banned last year?


Because the promoters are being sneaky and notified certain people weeks ago as a public outreach. It appears from accredited news sources such as the New York Times, NPR and Forbes, and numerous articles readily available on the internet these exhibits have a way of sneaking into cities and using their visitor count and revenue generation as justification for exhibiting cadavers. Iıve contacted the promoter Seattle Theater Group and all they say they have is a signature from a physician in China saying everything is legal and the identities are private and not for the public. This is side-stepping at its best.


Ask yourself how can this be given we have strict laws on the selling and recieving of body parts, customs, terrorism laws and even fruit import? Not to mention biohazard risk this may pose to the public from cadavers from a country known for SARS and Avian Flu. Nobody yet in Seattle can seem to verify the identities of these cadavers how they died or cause of death.


The Seattle Museum of the Mysteries has forwarded an ordinance request to the entire Seattle City Council to adopt an ordinance prohibiting the display of human remains without authorization or consent, similar to what San Francisco did in 2005. To date no acceptance of this ordinance. In our opinion, this is an afront to all our health and security measures not to mention a cultural offense to anyone of Chinese background. I encourage people to investigate this mystery as there is alot more information available readily on the internet and call the promoters and see if you get any satisfactory answers. They are after all implying this exhibit is safe for the public and "educational".


Then call your officials, your mayor, King County Dept. of Health and ask them why they are allowing an exhibit of unidentified unconsenting naked cadavers in undignified poses in a public exhibit space and selling tickets to children?



What you can do.
Get informed on the facts. Start discussion Groups.
Ask Questions - Tough Questions! Call, Post Flyers or Demonstrate
With a cultural organization? Speak up!

Lets have some accountability here.

Seattle Theater Group - Bodies: The Exhibition hosts here in Seattle - 206-381-0910
Museum of History and Industry - MOHAI - the organization that rents the location.
Seattle Human Rights Commission: 206-684-4540
Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels office: 206-684-4000
Seattle City Council, Nick Licata: 206-684-8803
Seattle U.S. Customs and Border Protection: 206-553-6944
Seattle FBI - 206-622-0460
Ron Sims - 206-296-4040, ron.sims@metrokc.gov
King County Public Health: 206-296-4600

Atty. General Consumer Protection: 206-464-6684

Amnesty International - http://www.amnestyusa.org/contact/
U.S. Dept. of Justice: Human Trafficking 1-888-428-7581, Corporate Fraud 1-888-622-0117.

Find out more information
Friends of Falun Dafa - 1-866-343-7436
Organization of Chinese Amercians - Seattle -
206-682-0685

 


 

Sign a National Petition to stop these undignified exhibits:
Started by Aaron Ginsburg of Sharon MA - a Pharmacist.

http://dignityinboston.googlepages.com/seattle


Get the word out, Download a PDF Poster, click on flyer and post around.

 

 

Candlight Vigil Halloween Night remembering the lives of the cadavers inside.

 

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The General Manager of Bodies: The Exhibit and a person identifying himself as a Paramount employee removing free speech protest flyers.
Staff repeatedly sneak out and take down freedom of speech flyers and mop up chalk signage.
Attention all Seattle Theater Group Staffing!
You may be asked by your employer to sneak out and take down freedom of speech flyers and mop up chalk signage on the city owned sidewalk.
Frankly, this is pathetic. Be advised you can/will be held responsible for your own actions.
If this is against your ethics and contrary to your job description, obviously, you have the right to tell your supervisor NO and you feel uncomfortable. If you incur any retaliation,
obviously, you have a right to call Labor and Industries and file a complaint.

Former employees have quit. Ask yourself why?


Additionally, the 1984 National Organ Transplant Act (NOTA) expressly forbids the selling of human organs across state lines.



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Additional information and comments: The Directors have filed a Federal Complaint regarding this Seattle Cadaver Exhibit filed against Premier Exhibitions Case No. 06-1490 in U.S. District Court Western District of Washington in Seattle on Oct. 13, 2006 regarding their exhibit of unconsenting cadavers. The Directors cite the U.S. Anatomical Gift Act which explicitly prohibits the sale of human tissue. The complaint also cited a statement by Dr. Lynn Romrell Ph.D. Executive Director of the Anatomical Board of the State of Florida in which he states the board rejected the same exhibit last year based on the fact that Premiere Exhibitions could not show consent papers were obtained from the deceased. San Francisco last year banned this same type of exhibit enacting ordinance prohibiting the display of human remains without authorization or consent upon request of the Chinese community.
In our request we cite several comments from the local Chinese community:


The Directors also stated they feel Premier Exhibitions is misleading the public by not stating in their advertisement the bodies are all unconsenting Chinese cadavers. The Directors believe visitors have the right to know the facts to decide for themselves as they believe the public would think twice about purchasing a ticket in which they would be viewing unconsenting bodies and furthering this type of trade of human body parts. Premier Exhibitions is a for profit company and is not a medical or educational institution.


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