September 13, 2010
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster today announced he has reached an agreement with Premier Exhibitions, Inc., sponsor of “Bodies…The Exhibition,” a cadaver exhibit scheduled to open at the St. Louis Galleria in October.
Koster said Congressman Todd Akin contacted his office several weeks ago with concerns that the bodies used in the exhibit are of ambiguous origin and potentially could have been derived from Chinese prisoners. Premier, based in Atlanta, admits obtaining the bodies from China but is unable to provide conclusive proof of the bodies’ origins.
Koster said his office contacted Premier and reviewed the facts surrounding the exhibit.
“We asked Premier to make more robust disclosures at the site of the exhibit and in its advertising, and they voluntarily agreed to do so,” Koster said. “I appreciate Congressman Akin bringing his concerns to our attention, and I thank Premier for agreeing to the disclosure language, which will be used in the Galleria exhibit and advertisements for the exhibits.”
The disclosures are to appear in all capital letters and bold type. The disclosure on the company website and at the exhibition premises will read:
Premier cannot independently verify the complete provenance of the human remains in this exhibition. They were obtained from a plastination facility in China, which received them from medical and research universities in China. These universities received the remains from medical examiner authorities in the Chinese Bureau of Police. The specimens are unclaimed by next of kin and there is no written documentation that any of the persons consented to the plastination and/or exhibition of their bodies.
The disclosure to be used in print advertising, web advertising by third parties, outdoor advertising, and television advertising will read:
Premier cannot independently verify the provenance of the human remains in this exhibit.