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September 14, 2005

"Made in China"...but from what?

From the London Guardian...

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."

Can I just say....eeeuuoooo!?!

Another excellent reason to not buy anything marked “Made in China”. (As if we needed another reason.) How many of those executed prisoners are Christians arrested, convicted and executed for simply going to church? That we even trade with such a country is one of the great shames of not only America but all of the West.

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Posted by Danny Carlton at September 14, 2005 06:31 AM

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What a wonderful response.

The idea that this is happening to CHRISTIANS is the outrage, not that it's just happening.

Posted by: sharpmath at September 14, 2005 05:08 PM

It is usually easier to understand what you're reading if you actually use you brain while doing so.

Posted by: Danny Carlton at September 14, 2005 05:33 PM

Sharpmath, he does seem to care about people who are not Christians. Just not as much.

It's a "shade of gray" kind of thing.

And I agree! Let's boycot the whole country because of this one sensational exception!

Posted by: eric at September 15, 2005 04:20 AM

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