[FACT OR FAKE #29] This Photo Of A Man Eating A Dead Baby's Foetus
Since 2001, graphic photos of a Chinese man chewing on a dead baby foetus sparked rumours of cannibalism in China, not sparing sensational commentary. We filter out all the fact from what's fake in this story. (WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT)
WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT
These photos of a man eating a dead baby's foetus has been in circulation since many years on Internet. Who is he? Why is he doing this? Is this a fact or fake?
Rumors of cannibalism began to circulate over the internet during the early months of year 2001, typically accompanied by graphic photos of a Chinese man calmly chewing on what appears to be a dismembered human foetus, together with sensational commentary.bbc.co.uk
The sensational commentary was along the lines of: "What u are going to witness here is a fact, don't get scared !" It's Taiwan's hottest food..." In Taiwan, dead babies or foetuses could be bought at $50 to $70 from hospitals to meet the high demand for grilled and barbecued babies ... What a sad state of affairs!! ("Foetus")snopes.com
These internet rumors began to achieve a modicum of legitimacy in mid-March, when the small Malaysian tabloid Warta Perdana fed a growing international controversy in reporting that a certain Taiwanese restaurant was serving a dish consisting of the baked flesh of human foetuses. The story eventually precipitated such an uproar that the CIA and Scotland Yard ultimately got involved to try to sort things out.virginia.edu
FACT: The photos were taken as part of a performance entitled "Eating People" (or "Man-Eater") performed on 17 October 2000 in Shanghai by the 30-year-old avant-garde performance artist Zhu Yu (the man in the picture)
One widely publicized report quotes Zhu as saying that "to create Man-eater, he said he cooked the corpses of babies that had been stolen from a medical school. Zhu admitted that the meat obtained from the bodies tasted bad, and said he had vomited several times while eating it. However, he said, he had to do it 'for art's sake'" ("Baby-Eating").jstor.org
In public comments he made at the time of the performance, Zhu Yu sought to address the significance of the scandalous nature of the his act, while at the same time attempting to relativize the social and cultural assumptions which make it appear scandalous in the first place: One question that always stymies us--that is, why cannot people eat people?virginia.edu
In his performance art piece 'Eating People', Zhu photographs himself cooking and eating a human foetus that he divided into five parts. Yu claimed that he used an actual foetus.
Zhu quotes that “I herewith announce my intention and my aim to eat people as a protest against mankind’s moral idea that he/she cannot eat people.”liveleak.com
In response to the public reaction, Mr. Yu stated, "No religion forbids cannibalism. Nor can I find any law which prevents us from eating people. I took advantage of the space between morality and the law and based my work on it". Yu has claimed that he used an actual foetus which was stolen from a medical school.wikipedia.org
WATCH: This video interview of the artist from a highly controversial documentary 'Beijing Swings' answers why he went ahead with it
The images from the artist's piece have been used in anti-Chinese propaganda. For the record, they are either fake or created to spread rumours among the ignorant Internet user-base.
Images from the piece have also been used in anti-Chinese propaganda, disseminated by e-mail with a short text attached explaining the images show China's "hottest food" and that dead fetuses can be bought for 10-12,000 Yen (approximately US$100 - US$120). Recipients are encouraged to forward the mail, and the explanatory text is written in both English and Korean script.wikipedia.org
Also, please be aware that the Chinese foetus soup story that is circulating online is a hoax. It was actually apart of an art exhibit to protest cannibalism.answers.com
While we want to give China the benefit of doubt that the general public does not eat baby foetuses, there is however, some proof i.e. pills containing powdered human flesh.
South Korean customs officials recently seized thousands of pills filled with powdered human baby flesh arriving from China. Since August 2011, South Korean officials have intercepted more than 17000 pills smuggled from China.dailymail.co.uk
South Korean officials became aware of a horrific practice of eating aborted fetuses after Seoul Broadcasting System showed a documentary on Chinese doctors who performed abortions and then ate the foetuses. One Chinese doctor on the documentary took out foetuses from his refrigerator.washingtontimes.com
"The grim trade is being run from China where corrupt medical staff are said to be tipping off medical companies when babies are aborted or delivered still-born. The tiny corpses are then bought, stored in household refrigerators in homes of those involved in the trade before they are removed and taken to clinics where they are placed in medical drying microwaves. Once the skin is tinder dry, it is pummeled into powder and then processed into capsules along with herbs to disguise the true ingredients from health investigators and customs officers."dailymail.co.uk
Chinese authorities denied allegations that the pills were manufactured in China. A Ministry of Health spokesman stated that an investigation conducted last August showed no proof that pills containing human flesh were manufactured in China.washingtontimes.com