Shut Down Real Bodies: The Exhibition in Sydney
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We raise concern over the unethical nature of The Real Bodies: The exhibition, currently on display in Sydney’s Moore Park Byron Kennedy Hall. This is especially alarming in the light of NSW schools taking children on excursions to see the display of 20 human corpses and over 200 body specimens.
We are urgently seeking transparency from the organiser, Imagine Exhibitions Inc. over the origins of the specimens and valid consent documentation from the deceased and/or their families.
Until such documentation is provided, we can’t in good conscience expose our children and the community to such an immoral and base commercial exploitation of the deceased. It undermines the moral fibre of society.
It is our understanding that the presenters have not been able to provide valid documentation to prove the bodies' origins, according to the Newscorp report dated April 10. The same inability to provide appropriate documentation was reported during the 2017 exhibition in Prague and Slovakia.
Investigative reports have pointed to the questionable origin of the bodies — a large amount of which were created by a university in Dalian, China — suggesting that the cadavers came from executed political prisoners and dissenters. It is important to note that the German weekly Der Spiegel cited the inventor of plastination, Gunter Von Hagen, that the bodies from Dalian were “very fresh”, a criteria that is preferred in the plastination process. In accordance with China’s law a body can be classified as “unclaimed” if it remains in the morgues for 30 days – a duration too long for the plastination process to be successful.
In 2010, France’s highest court, the French Supreme Court declared the commercial exhibition of human remains illegal, effectively closing down all such exhibits. Two years later, the Israeli Supreme Court issued a similar ruling. Hawaii banned the shows, as did city councils in Seattle and elsewhere.
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