April 18, 2015

"Bodies Revealed" exhibit of murdered Chinese political prisoners "has no place in Canada"

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

There are lots of tacky attractions in Niagara Falls, Ontario, but one in particular raises ethical, moral and legal questions.

The company behind Bodies Revealed admits they sourced these human remains from Communist China -- and they can't guarantee these bodies were not murdered political prisoners and religious dissidents whose organs were harvested for the lucrative international human organ trade.

I say an exhibit like this has no place in Canada.

Do you agree?

Speak your mind in the comments.

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commented 2015-04-20 16:06:31 -0400
Gord – I agree with almost everything you say. But, what if you went to the exhibit WITHOUT the knowledge that these were bodies of prisoners, as did my husband and I? As I said in my first comment we assumed they were bodies that were donated to science. Now that we know, as I said in my second comment, it makes me sick to think about it.
I think your comment about the children attending the exhibit for educational purposes is off base. Do you think the school teachers that brought their classes to the exhibit knew that these were Chinese prisoners flayed open? I don’t and I also don’t think this was told to the children.
This exhibit is a fascinating anatomy educational tool. Now that I know the origin of the bodies a secondary learning experience has happened and that is the revulsion of the barbarity of some nations. Being a member of a civilized Western society it never once crossed my mind that the bodies on display were harvested from dead prisoners.
BTW, I also had no idea that Thailand had slave ships catching shrimp. Something else that would never cross my mind… If you are implying that I would support that by buying shrimp ever again imported from Thiland because I don’t care about the “repressed” you would be wrong. Thanks for the info and have a nice day.
commented 2015-04-20 09:36:54 -0400
WOW – that someone would post a comment here after learning that the display may well be from murdered political prisoners in China – and then post – “…I am terribly sorry that China is such a repressive country. We are not, However, I will say that this exhibit is a learning experience for those that want to take it as such on many levels. …”
The only thing that children will learn from this is that as long as I get what I want, I do not care where it came from or who had to die to make me happy.
I suppose it is OK to eat shrimp that were supplied from forced slave labour ships in Thailand. Just because we do not walk among the repressed and witness the murders firsthand does not isolate us from the responsibility to reject all of these actions.
PS – by supporting a repressive murdering government, one becomes repressive and a murderer at heart! … and no, I would have to surmise that the dead murdered prisoners would rather be ALIVE and FREE than have their bodies on display. (China has a terrible track record of silencing peaceful protesters by imprisonment and death for organ harvesting. )
commented 2015-04-20 06:55:08 -0400
You are correct in framing the ethical question, as I did, which is why I made the distinction for informed consent by the predeceased. Regarding the display under discussion, if the organizer cannot guarantee the consent of the exhibited, I would not attend or promote it.
commented 2015-04-20 01:12:31 -0400
Terror is fascinating to a few. The victim would disagree had he lived.
commented 2015-04-19 23:06:33 -0400
Well, I have to say that based on this new accusation I feel a bit sick about having paid admission to see this exhibit. I asked my husband where he thought the bodies came from and he said China. I asked him if he thought they were prisoners and he said that his firiend, Steve P. said they were.
Well, that is like the Kevin Bacon game…
In any event, it was done and isn’t it a testiment to their bodies that they are being used as a learning tool all over the Western world? As I said before, school children are learning from them.
I am terribly sorry that China is such a repressive country. We are not, However, I will say that this exhibit is a learning experience for those that want to take it as such on many levels.
commented 2015-04-19 20:51:20 -0400
Thank-you Ezra.
This makes me recall an excellent film on this very topic “Elephant Man” from 1980 with Anthony Hopkins and John Hurt.
commented 2015-04-19 18:43:48 -0400
Terry, I’m not particularly religious in any respect whatsoever but I am offended that victims of state sanctioned political murder should profit their murderers by marketing their corpse. The “ethical” question here is how many of these bodies on “scientific didactics” display where are there consentually by the original owner.
commented 2015-04-19 11:04:36 -0400
The question of provenance of the bodies (first covered by the New York Times first broke this story in 2006, and most recently by CBC in September 2014) remains a serious ethical issue. But in terms of its pedagogical value, this show (and the other Body-Worlds-style exhibits) are routinely sponsored by scientific institutions (Toronto’s Science Centre, or the Montreal Old Port Science Museum) because they’re fascinating. It’s unlikely anyone whose religious beliefs would offended by the show will attend: for the rest of us, it’s an amazing learning experience. I don’t know much about the company in question here, but I believe that Body Worlds, the original company behind this kind of exhibit, uses remains of people who explicitly agreed during life that their cadavers could be used for education.
commented 2015-04-19 09:55:08 -0400
The dead, regardless of their social status , deserve the respect due any human who has lost the most precious of gifts, there needs to be some sympathy/empathy with our fellow travelers who have died and will never be again. Those unjustly murdered by political totalism in particular require our empathy. To have them on display as some freak attraction for the morbidly curious seems the epitome of misanthropy – but the more I observe social-political trends the more I understand misanthropy is part and parcel of the new social order and governing systems in the west.
If there were any justice left for the victims of political murder, these poor souls would be interred at the new monument to the victims of Communism – another “never forget” epitaph for the apologists of communism and political absolutism to obfuscate.
commented 2015-04-18 20:57:18 -0400
Read “The Slaughter” by Ethan Gutmann, on the subject of “Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China’s Secret Solution to its dissident problem.”
commented 2015-04-18 20:40:39 -0400
This is the sort of thing, allowed by Canada, that relatives of the dead on display may sue us for. Bad idea, all around. I agree with Rebelator2 – let’s ID these potential victims and return their remains to their families. With an apology for the disrespect.
commented 2015-04-18 18:20:36 -0400
I saw a very similar exhibition at the South Street Seaport in NYC several years ago. I found it fascinating BUT it never occured to me that the bodies might have been prisoners. I assumed they were bodies donated to science. I’ll also add that there were several groups of school children, teens, also touring the exhibit and filling out a work packet as they went from exhibit to exhibit.
commented 2015-04-18 16:49:15 -0400
AGREE! The dignity of a human being includes how we respect a person’s remains.
commented 2015-04-18 15:29:26 -0400
I remember years ago hearing about all the medical/scientific data that had been accumulated by Nazi doctors who had committed horrific ‘scientific’ and ‘medical’ experiments on prisoners. The powers that be wanted to destroy that data.
I disagreed. I felt that all the pain and horror these poor people went through should at the least be acknowledged and that data used to benefit other people – other wise those people suffered horribly for no reason!
I admit this ‘Bodies Revealed’ exhibition could hold some fascination for me – seeing the musculature and what not revealed without the skin covering could be insightful. I hunt and butcher my kill so I don’t get grossed out at the sight of dead meat – even seeing my own flesh rent and torn doesn’t gross me out, it’s just living meat.
But does that personal fascination warrant showing this exhibit from Red China, considering the likelihood of what Ezra alluded to? Does my personal fascination watching Belugas or Orcas close-up, swimming around in a relative bucket warrant keeping wild animals captive?
I don’t think so.
commented 2015-04-18 14:58:01 -0400
When presented with lemons, make lemonade.
Tooth isotope analysis will narrow down the area where the corpse grew up when alive
and DNA analysis will reveal a lot about its ancestry and relatives. The subject should be
given the same attention at this time any other suspicious death.
commented 2015-04-18 13:55:07 -0400
P.S. Well, I said civilized country, but of course there is the ongoing killing of unborn babies in Canada, so maybe I shouldn’t be so judgemental, eh?
commented 2015-04-18 13:47:49 -0400
I wouldn’t see this goulish exibition before, and I sure wouldn’t see it now that I know (thanks, Ezra) it is likely the bodies of people murdered by the Chinese Communists. This has no place in a civilized country like Canada.
commented 2015-04-18 13:34:38 -0400
Totally agree. I’ve been against this macabre, extremely unethical snuff show since I first found out the details years ago.
commented 2015-04-18 13:09:52 -0400
Absolutely agree, Ezra.
commented 2015-04-18 13:08:47 -0400
commented 2015-04-18 12:29:18 -0400
What does that say about Canada. It is too gross to comment on. What did they do with the skin, make purses? Horrible.
commented 2015-04-18 12:15:36 -0400
I’ll pass on that freak show.
commented 2015-04-18 12:15:14 -0400
Where is the sanctity of life or just respect for a fellow human? It is disgusting to the length some people will go to reap a little profit, knowing these human beings may have lost their life standing firm on principles which were dear to them!
commented 2015-04-18 11:44:50 -0400
The fact that Justin loves the dictatorship of the Communist Party of China is deeply disturbing. It is really sickening that the Liberals are so desperate to grab power that they will parade around that air head lover of a murdering Communist regime using his popularity to do it. And the little air head actually had the tenacity to claim that Harper would like to have that type of dictatorship all the while himself admiring them.

There is no good in the Communist Party of China at all.

Okay, so I am way off topic. After that rant, I feel MUCH better now. On topic, I have always felt since I first heard about this display of human bodies that it is disgusting and completely inappropriate, and not knowing that it could have the bodies of those murdered by Justin’s favorite government makes it all the worse.

Great reporting Ezra. And it looks like you are doing real good with TheRebel.Media, lots of advertising, lots of contributors, website looks real good. Keep on, keeping on!
commented 2015-04-18 11:38:14 -0400
who would even want to see something like that? Who thinks of this garbage and has the audacity to call it art? I agree; keep it out of Canada.
commented 2015-04-18 11:22:42 -0400
Brutal – vile acts are now art. BTW folks. Click on the ads on this site – let’s keep the Rebel.media’s business going strong.