Ultima Thule

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Tuesday, September 13, 2005

China produces beauty products from the skin of executed prisoners

By Aussiegirl

Don't read this story before eating dinner. However, if you follow the logic of those who see nothing wrong with using the stem cells of discarded foetuses in research -- on the theory that "They are going to be discarded anyway, why not use them to benefit someone?" -- what's so wrong with this anyway? Anyone? Oh, what a Pandora's box you open when you take those first few slippery steps down that slippery slope.

The Guardian has the grisly story:

A Chinese cosmetics company is using skin harvested from the corpses of executed convicts to develop beauty products for sale in Europe, an investigation by the Guardian has discovered.

Agents for the firm have told would-be customers it is developing collagen for lip and wrinkle treatments from skin taken from prisoners after they have been shot. The agents say some of the company's products have been exported to the UK, and that the use of skin from condemned convicts is "traditional" and nothing to "make such a big fuss about".

[...]When formally approached by the Guardian, the agent denied the company was using skin harvested from executed prisoners. However, he had already admitted it was doing precisely this during a number of conversations with a researcher posing as a Hong Kong businessman. The Press Complaints Commission's code of practice permits subterfuge if there is no other means of investigating a matter of public interest.

The agent told the researcher: "A lot of the research is still carried out in the traditional manner using skin from the executed prisoner and aborted foetus." This material, he said, was being bought from "bio tech" companies based in the northern province of Heilongjiang, and was being developed elsewhere in China.

He suggested that the use of skin and other tissues harvested from executed prisoners was not uncommon. "In China it is considered very normal and I was very shocked that western countries can make such a big fuss about this," he said. Speaking from his office in northern China, he added: "The government has put some pressure on all the medical facilities to keep this type of work in low profile."


At 6:53 PM, Blogger BonnieBlueFlag said...

They have been injecting cartilage, from corpses into "Hollywood lips" for ages already.

At 8:59 PM, Blogger Timothy Birdnow said...

That is truly aweful! It brings to mind what the Nazi`s were doing with Concentration Camp victims; it has been credibly alleged the Nazi`s were making soap and lampshades out of them. This is pretty much the same thing! Truly ghastly-and a crime against Humanity, as far as I`m concerned. A decent, civil society would not committ such abominable acts!

Bonnie, that Hollywood makes Soddom and Gomorrah look like a Bible-Belt farm town on Sunday night! Just more proof that Hollywood should be sawed off of the rest of America and floated away into the Pacific!


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