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Sympathy For The Beagle

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David Kilgour, a former Canadian MP and Secretary of State for Asia, and David Matas, an international human rights lawyer, issued a 66-page report last month on the subject, which can be found at While investigating anything going on in China is a difficult task, they provide some compelling proof that this diabolical scenario is actually taking place. Evidence includes an unexplained discrepancy between the total number of organ transplants in China and the far lesser number of identified organ sources, coupled with a tripling in the number of transplants in the six years since the crackdown on Falun Gong began from the previous six years. If this is not evidence of live harvesting of the organs of religious dissidents then, as Wesley Smith wrote in the National Review, it would be easy for the Chinese government to put this matter to rest simply by identifying the organ sources for these extra 41,500 transplants. But it hasnt.

Theres also witness testimonyâfrom family members of prisoners who report incisions and missing parts on the corpses of their loved ones, and a surgeons wife who says he told her of removing corneas from 2,000 live patients, all of whom wound up cremated. Even worse, there are recorded phone conversations with prison and hospital officials who are shockingly candid with prospective customers about how the organs are procured. The translated transcripts are as chilling as it gets, like this one from Nanning City Minzu Hospital in Guangxi:
M: ┘...what you used before (organs from Falun Gong practitioners), was it from detention centre(s) or prison(s)?
Lu: From prisons.
M: ┘...and it was from healthy Falun Gong practitioners...?
Lu: Correct. We would choose the good ones because we assure the quality in our operation.
M: That means you choose the organs yourself.
Lu: Correct...
M: Usually, how old is the organ supplier?
Lu: Usually in their thirties.
M: ┘...Then you will go to the prison to select yourself?
Lu: Correct. We must select it.
M: What if the chosen one doesnt want to have blood drawn?
Lu: He will for sure let us do it.
M: Does the person know that his organ will be removed?
Lu: No, he doesnt.
The veracity of these transcripts is further bolstered by the impossibly short waiting times for organs in China. In the US, the wait for a kidney ranges from 3 to 6 years, while the China International Transplantation Network Assistance Center (CITNAC) website (Viscera providers can be found immediately!) advertises only a one to four week delay. This strongly suggests that living people are on call to be vivisected when an order comes in.

Based on what we now know, Kilgour and Matas conclude, we have come to the regrettable conclusion that the allegations are true.

Chinas only response to the report has come in the form of a sneering denial from the Chinese embassy in Ottawa, calling the report groundless and biased, asserting that Falun Gong is an evil cult, and insisting that China has consistently abided by the relevant guiding principles of the World Health Organization endorsed in 1991, prohibiting the sale of human organs and stipulating that donors' written consent must be obtained beforehand But, considering that the CITNAC website contained a price list for organs (until it was removed in April), any of the embassys other claims are suspect at best. For Kilgour and Matas part, they are still investigating and have procured further evidence, which Matas says will be released soon.

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