Fake News: China NOT Forced into 'Selling Dead Bodies In African Supermarkets'

Fact Check

  • by: Maarten Schenk

An old hoax is going viral again: a site by the name of 'qualitysharing.com' posted an article with the headline "Warning: Graphic Content-China Forced into 'Selling Dead Bodies In African Supermarkets'" that starts like this:

If Hannibal Lecter, Jeffrey Dahmer, Issei Sagawa, and Armin Meiwes can be named among your heroes because, well, you'd like to become a cannibal too, you'll be happy to hear that you don't need to end up like them, imprisoned and serving long tiring sentences, all you have to do is hop on a plane or a boat to Africa!

In Africa, Chinese meat factories are butchering and serving up their dead to local hungry Africans! As you know, China has an incredibly large population (over a billion, similar to India) and while they have a one-child policy in effect (recently relaxed to two children for certain families), they're still running out of room!

Of course, the story is not true: it has been debuked by regular media in May 2016. The hoax article even admits so itself on the second page, where it says:

It was later discovered that while not explaining all the rumors, at least one of the photographs taken of a woman's skinned body lying on a butcher's table ready for the meat cleaver had been taken at London's Smithfield Market as a publicity stunt for a 2012 marketing campaign for Resident Evil 6's video game.

Further investigations completely busted the hoax and the Government of Zambia has since apologized to China.

In other words: don't pay attention to the fake title and introduction and don't share the article with your friends. But if you do see someone spreading this news feel free to inform them it is a hoax...

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