South Korean customs officials recently seized thousands of pills filled with powdered human baby flesh arriving from China. Since August , South Korean officials have intercepted more than pills smuggled from China. 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 fetuses. One Chinese doctor on the documentary took out fetuses from his refrigerator. Earlier this week, the Daily Mail revealed further details about the practice:. Chinese authorities denied allegations that the pills were manufactured in China.
Are Human Fetuses ‘Taiwan’s Hottest Dish’?
Is It True That People in China Eat Kids?
According to urban legends and online rumors, dead babies are sold in Chinese hospitals and cooked and eaten as a delicacy. The "evidence" of this—tabloid-style rumor-mongering and unsourced images circulating on the internet—has managed to fool a surprising number of people. The truth is that the Chinese are no more inclined to eat human children than people in any other part of the world. The same holds true for Jews , Christians, "Gypsies," witches, aborigines, Satanists, and all the other ethnic and religious groups accused of practicing this bloody "custom" down through the centuries. There's simply no evidence that it exists, or has ever existed, anywhere on the planet. The Greeks accused the Jews of doing it; the Romans accused the Christians of doing it; according to the Christians, it really was the Jews who did it—and so on, since time immemorial. Sociologists say the driving forces behind such ideas are ignorance, xenophobia fear of "the other" , and psychological projection attributing the perceived moral failings of one's own group to others.
Zhu Yu (artist)
One of the downsides of the burgeoning Internet in the early s was that it fostered the delirious spread of misinformation as revealed fact in the blink of an eye. That was the case in , when widely-circulated photos which showed a large Asian man eating what appeared to be a cooked baby served at a restaurant were taken by many at face value. The pictures were later teamed with the breathless news that roast fetus was now the hottest dining craze in Taiwan, with outraged e-mails offering the offensive pictures as proof recipients could view for themselves:. How cruel can humans be???
Child cannibalism or fetal cannibalism is the act of eating a child or fetus. Controversy has been sparked when the performance artist Zhu Yu claimed that he prepared, cooked and ate real human bodies, including fetuses,  as an artistic performance. Snopes and other urban legend sites have said the "fetus" used by Zhu Yu was most likely constructed from a duck's body and a doll head.