The biggest driver for the extinction of exotic animals in the world is poaching for ingredients for Chinese Herbal “medicine”. Whether the Ivory from elephants, or the bones of Tigers, poachers make big money satisfying the Chinese Traditional Medicine Market.
This one, though is even stranger. Parts of fetuses and babies ground up to make pills!
South Korean customs said it had confiscated more than 17,000 “health” capsules smuggled from China that contain human flesh, most likely extracted from aborted fetuses or stillborn babies.
The Chinese Ministry of Health said Tuesday it had been investigating allegations that capsules were being manufactured from human remains but had found no evidence.
The South Korean customs agency said pills had been smuggled into the country through parcels and luggage carried from China. The pills were composed of “ground stillborn fetus or babies that had been cut into small pieces and dried in gas ranges for two days, then made into powders and encapsulated,” the report said.
“Flesh pills have been continuously smuggled into [South Korea], camouflaged as health tonics,” the statement said. The pills came mostly from cities in northeastern China: Yanji, Jilin, Qingdao and Tianjin.The South Korean government has been investigating capsules made of human flesh since last year when a monthly magazine released a lengthy report about the use of dead infants in traditional medicines. The reports said the infants and fetuses were purchased illegally from hospitals. Read the rest of this entry »