Thursday, May 29, 2008

Crackdown on Ghoulish 'Body Exhibitions'

"New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo says the company that has made millions of dollars with U.S. exhibitions of plasticized human bodies used 'the remains of individuals that may have been tortured and executed in China.'

In announcing what he called the 'grim reality' of an official investigation triggered by an ABC News '20/20' report, Cuomo said the company, Premier Exhibitions, 'despite repeated denials...had no way of knowing the true source of their human exhibits and no meaningful documentation to support their claims that the bodies had been donated for such a use.'

Cuomo said his office had reached a settlement with Premier that he said will 'bring an end to Premier's practice of using bodies of undocumented origins in their exhibitions.'

'Respect for the dead and respect for the public requires that Premier do more than simply assure us that there is no reason for concern,' said Cuomo."


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