The Slaughter: Canadian Book Tour Raises Awareness About China’s Illegal Organ Trade
The Slaughter: Canadian Book Tour Raises Awareness About China’s Illegal Organ Trade
Copies of

Copies of "The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China’s Secret Solution to Its Dissident Problem" are displayed at a discussion forum on Oct. 20 at Concordia University in Montreal. The book sheds new light on the state-orchestrated forced extraction of vital organs from prisoners of conscience in China, who include Falun Gong practitioners, Tibetans, Uyghurs, and House Christians. (Nathalie Dieul/Epoch Times)

Veteran China analyst Ethan Gutmann, author of

Veteran China analyst Ethan Gutmann, author of "The Slaughter", addresses the audience at a forum on live organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience in China, Oct. 20, 2014, at Concordia University in Montreal. “The debate is not ‘Did this ever happen?’ The debate is now ‘How big is this? Is this definitely still going on? What are the numbers?’ The larger thing I was trying to answer in my book was, why? Why did this happen? And underneath that, why, as a human being, should you care about these people [when] there are tragedies all around the world?” Gutmann asked. In response to these questions, he noted, “This is a slow-motion genocide and it happened and unravelled over 20 years. … The real meaning of this is not just about China but about human beings.” (Nathalie Dieul/Epoch Times)

International human rights lawyer David Matas (L) and Ethan Gutmann, author of

International human rights lawyer David Matas (L) and Ethan Gutmann, author of "The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China’s Secret Solution to Its Dissident Problem", answer questions from the audience at a discussion forum on live organ harvesting of prisoners of conscience in China, on Oct. 20, 2014, at Concordia University in Montreal. (Nathalie Dieul/Epoch Times)

Louis Beaulieu, general director of Transplant Québec, attended the Oct. 20, 2014, forum in Montreal on live organ harvesting in China. “I strongly denounce all that is the organ business. … To execute people to get their organs is terribly shocking. One can never agree with this kind of behaviour,” he said. “I have every reason to think the people who came to speak here (David Matas and Ethan Gutmann) are serious people, that their approach is reasonable and responsible. So we have to stand up against this kind of behaviour, we cannot accept it.” (Nathalie Dieul/Epoch Times)

Louis Beaulieu, general director of Transplant Québec, attended the Oct. 20, 2014, forum in Montreal on live organ harvesting in China. “I strongly denounce all that is the organ business. … To execute people to get their organs is terribly shocking. One can never agree with this kind of behaviour,” he said. “I have every reason to think the people who came to speak here (David Matas and Ethan Gutmann) are serious people, that their approach is reasonable and responsible. So we have to stand up against this kind of behaviour, we cannot accept it.” (Nathalie Dieul/Epoch Times)

Alexander Chaboud (L) and Nate Dagane, vice-president and president of Concordia Model UN respectively, helped organize Concordia University’s Oct. 20, 2014, forum on live organ harvesting in China, bringing to the event doctors, professionals in the human rights field, staff from the United Nations office, and others. “For us it’s a success. I’m sure that this presentation by Mr. Matas and Mr. Gutmann will have an impactful effect at Concordia,” Chaboud said. His association took photos and recorded the forum so that it can be presented at different classes for the students and professors, and also used to raise awareness of the issue on various platforms. (Nathalie Dieul/Epoch Times)

Alexander Chaboud (L) and Nate Dagane, vice-president and president of Concordia Model UN respectively, helped organize Concordia University’s Oct. 20, 2014, forum on live organ harvesting in China, bringing to the event doctors, professionals in the human rights field, staff from the United Nations office, and others. “For us it’s a success. I’m sure that this presentation by Mr. Matas and Mr. Gutmann will have an impactful effect at Concordia,” Chaboud said. His association took photos and recorded the forum so that it can be presented at different classes for the students and professors, and also used to raise awareness of the issue on various platforms. (Nathalie Dieul/Epoch Times)

Marie-Chantal Fortin, a nephrologist-transplant physician specialized in kidney transplant at CHUM Hôpital Notre-Dame in Montreal and a professor at the Faculty of Medicine, Université de Montréal, knew since 2006 that prisoners of conscience were being harvested for their organs in China. That’s when Canadian international human rights lawyer David Matas presented the results of his research at the World Transplant Congress. At a forum on live organ harvesting of prisoners in China at Concordia University in Montreal on Oct. 20, 2014, Fortin said she would strongly recommend to patients not to go to China to receive an organ transplant. It is “as much for moral reasons as for medical reasons, because there are some medical results that are not so good for patients who went abroad. But also for moral reasons, especially when we know the organs come from people who have been executed.” (Nathalie Dieul/Epoch Times)

Marie-Chantal Fortin, a nephrologist-transplant physician specialized in kidney transplant at CHUM Hôpital Notre-Dame in Montreal and a professor at the Faculty of Medicine, Université de Montréal, knew since 2006 that prisoners of conscience were being harvested for their organs in China. That’s when Canadian international human rights lawyer David Matas presented the results of his research at the World Transplant Congress. At a forum on live organ harvesting of prisoners in China at Concordia University in Montreal on Oct. 20, 2014, Fortin said she would strongly recommend to patients not to go to China to receive an organ transplant. It is “as much for moral reasons as for medical reasons, because there are some medical results that are not so good for patients who went abroad. But also for moral reasons, especially when we know the organs come from people who have been executed.” (Nathalie Dieul/Epoch Times)

Wang Xiaohua, a refugee now living in Montreal, is one of the former Falun Gong prisoners of conscience interviewed by veteran China analyst Ethan Gutmann for his book

Wang Xiaohua, a refugee now living in Montreal, is one of the former Falun Gong prisoners of conscience interviewed by veteran China analyst Ethan Gutmann for his book "The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China’s Secret Solution to Its Dissident Problem". While he was imprisoned in a labour camp in China for his belief in Falun Gong, he underwent a medical examination to check the state of his organs. “I hope people from the whole world can act against the Chinese Communist Party. It is a very perverse regime,” he said. (Nathalie Dieul/Epoch Times)

Saran Keita, a student at Concordia University in Montreal and a member of Concordia Model UN, attended the forum on live organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience in China held at the university on Oct. 20, 2014. “I definitely want it to stop ... [and hope] that some day, no one will be killed for their organs,” she said. (Nathalie Dieul/Epoch Times)

Saran Keita, a student at Concordia University in Montreal and a member of Concordia Model UN, attended the forum on live organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience in China held at the university on Oct. 20, 2014. “I definitely want it to stop ... [and hope] that some day, no one will be killed for their organs,” she said. (Nathalie Dieul/Epoch Times)

Author Ethan Gutmann talks about his book with Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism, at a forum held at Library and Archives Canada on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. (Matthew Little/Epoch Times)

Author Ethan Gutmann talks about his book with Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism, at a forum held at Library and Archives Canada on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. (Matthew Little/Epoch Times)

Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism, stopped by the after-party at a forum held to look into forced organ harvesting in China at Library and Archives Canada on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. (Matthew Little/Epoch Times)

Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism, stopped by the after-party at a forum held to look into forced organ harvesting in China at Library and Archives Canada on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. (Matthew Little/Epoch Times)

L-R International human rights lawyer David Matas, Dr. Damon Noto of Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting, and author Ethan Gutmann talk about organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience and political prisoners in China during a forum held at Library and Archives Canada on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. (Matthew Little/Epoch Times)

L-R International human rights lawyer David Matas, Dr. Damon Noto of Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting, and author Ethan Gutmann talk about organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience and political prisoners in China during a forum held at Library and Archives Canada on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. (Matthew Little/Epoch Times)

Author Ethan Gutmann points toward slides of photos from his book

Author Ethan Gutmann points toward slides of photos from his book "The Slaughter" during a forum held at Library and Archives Canada on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. (Matthew Little/Epoch Times)

Rabbi Reuven Bulka moderated the panel of speakers that came to discuss illegal organ harvesting in China held at Library and Archives Canada on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. (Matthew Little/Epoch Times)

Rabbi Reuven Bulka moderated the panel of speakers that came to discuss illegal organ harvesting in China held at Library and Archives Canada on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. (Matthew Little/Epoch Times)

(L-R) Conservative MPs Gary Schellenberger, Nina Grewal, and David Sweet wait to hear testimony at the Parliament’s human rights subcommittee inside Centre Block on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. The committee was investigating organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience and political prisoners in China (Donna He/Epoch Times)

(L-R) Conservative MPs Gary Schellenberger, Nina Grewal, and David Sweet wait to hear testimony at the Parliament’s human rights subcommittee inside Centre Block on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. The committee was investigating organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience and political prisoners in China (Donna He/Epoch Times)

MP Scott Reid, chair of the Canadian Parliament’s Subcommittee on International Human Rights (C), speaks with witness Dr. Damon Noto of Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (R) and investigative journalist Ethan Gutmann, author or “The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China's Secret Solution to Its Dissident Problem” on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Gutmann and Noto told the committee about evidence of organ harvesting from political prisoners and prisoners of conscience inside China’s prisons and labour camps. (Donna He/Epoch Times)

MP Scott Reid, chair of the Canadian Parliament’s Subcommittee on International Human Rights (C), speaks with witness Dr. Damon Noto of Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (R) and investigative journalist Ethan Gutmann, author or “The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China's Secret Solution to Its Dissident Problem” on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Gutmann and Noto told the committee about evidence of organ harvesting from political prisoners and prisoners of conscience inside China’s prisons and labour camps. (Donna He/Epoch Times)

"The Slaughter" author Ethan Gutmann sits on set at "News Detox," a popular Toronto-based Chinese program similar to the "Colbert Report" or the "Daily Show." (Allen Zhou/Epoch Times)

Attendees listen as author Ethan Gutmann presents findings from his book “The Slaughter” during a forum on forced organ harvesting in China held Oct. 23, 2014, at Toronto General Hospital. (Allen Zhou/Epoch Times)

Attendees listen as author Ethan Gutmann presents findings from his book “The Slaughter” during a forum on forced organ harvesting in China held Oct. 23, 2014, at Toronto General Hospital. (Allen Zhou/Epoch Times)

A panel of experts spoke at the Toronto forum. The panel was moderated by (L-R) University of Toronto Adjunct Professor Frank Markel and consisted of author Ethan Gutmann; Linda Wright, Director of Bioethics at the University Health Network; Bernard Dickens, Professor Emeritus of Health Law and Policy in the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Medicine, and the Joint Centre for Bioethics at the University of Toronto; and Jeff Zaltzman, Director of Renal Transplants, Medicine and Nephrology at St.Michael’s Hospital. (Allen Zhou/Epoch Times)

A panel of experts spoke at the Toronto forum. The panel was moderated by (L-R) University of Toronto Adjunct Professor Frank Markel and consisted of author Ethan Gutmann; Linda Wright, Director of Bioethics at the University Health Network; Bernard Dickens, Professor Emeritus of Health Law and Policy in the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Medicine, and the Joint Centre for Bioethics at the University of Toronto; and Jeff Zaltzman, Director of Renal Transplants, Medicine and Nephrology at St.Michael’s Hospital. (Allen Zhou/Epoch Times)

Dr. Jeff Zaltzman, Director of Renal Transplants, Medicine and Nephrology at at St.Michael’s Hospital, said at the Oct. 23, 2014, Toronto forum that he was familiar with questionable transplants in China and was concerned about the implications. (Allen Zhou/Epoch Times)

Dr. Jeff Zaltzman, Director of Renal Transplants, Medicine and Nephrology at at St.Michael’s Hospital, said at the Oct. 23, 2014, Toronto forum that he was familiar with questionable transplants in China and was concerned about the implications. (Allen Zhou/Epoch Times)

China analyst and human rights investigator Ethan Gutmann, author of “The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China's Secret Solution to Its Dissident Problem,” speaks at a forum in Vancouver on Oct. 25, 2014. (Sheng Yu/Epoch Times)

China analyst and human rights investigator Ethan Gutmann, author of “The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China's Secret Solution to Its Dissident Problem,” speaks at a forum in Vancouver on Oct. 25, 2014. (Sheng Yu/Epoch Times)

Sue Zhang (L) translates for Jing Tian (C) while “The Slaughter” author Ethan Gumann looks on at a forum in Vancouver on Oct. 25, 2014. Jing Tian was detained in a labour camp in China for practicing Falun Gong and tortured severely. Speaking briefly at the forum, Jing said that while she was in the labour camp, she wished the outside knew what was going on. Many of her friends died from the torture and abuse. She thanked Gutmann as well as David Kilgour and David Matas, co-authors of “Bloody Harvest: The Killing of Falun Gong for Their Organs” and “State Organs: Transplant Abuse in China,” for their work in making the world aware of the forced harvesting of Falun Gong prisoners of conscience in China. (Sheng Yu/Epoch Times)

Sue Zhang (L) translates for Jing Tian (C) while “The Slaughter” author Ethan Gumann looks on at a forum in Vancouver on Oct. 25, 2014. Jing Tian was detained in a labour camp in China for practicing Falun Gong and tortured severely. Speaking briefly at the forum, Jing said that while she was in the labour camp, she wished the outside knew what was going on. Many of her friends died from the torture and abuse. She thanked Gutmann as well as David Kilgour and David Matas, co-authors of “Bloody Harvest: The Killing of Falun Gong for Their Organs” and “State Organs: Transplant Abuse in China,” for their work in making the world aware of the forced harvesting of Falun Gong prisoners of conscience in China. (Sheng Yu/Epoch Times)

Former cabinet minister and Secretary of State for Asia-Pacific David Kilgour speaks at a forum in Vancouver on Oct. 25, 2014. (Sheng Yu/Epoch Times)

Former cabinet minister and Secretary of State for Asia-Pacific David Kilgour speaks at a forum in Vancouver on Oct. 25, 2014. (Sheng Yu/Epoch Times)

Audience members sign petitions calling for an end to forced organ harvesting in China at a forum to raise awareness about the issue in Vancouver on Oct. 25, 2014. (Sheng Yu/Epoch Times)

Audience members sign petitions calling for an end to forced organ harvesting in China at a forum to raise awareness about the issue in Vancouver on Oct. 25, 2014. (Sheng Yu/Epoch Times)

China analyst and human rights investigator Ethan Gutmann speaks about his book “The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China's Secret Solution to Its Dissident Problem” at a forum in Victoria on Oct. 27, 2014. Gutmann estimates that at least 100,000 Falun Gong prisoners of conscience have been killed for their organs since 2000. (Joan Delaney/Epoch Times)

China analyst and human rights investigator Ethan Gutmann speaks about his book “The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China's Secret Solution to Its Dissident Problem” at a forum in Victoria on Oct. 27, 2014. Gutmann estimates that at least 100,000 Falun Gong prisoners of conscience have been killed for their organs since 2000. (Joan Delaney/Epoch Times)

Former cabinet minister and Secretary of State for Asia-Pacific David Kilgour speaks at a forum in Victoria on Oct. 25, 2014, to raise awareness about the forced harvesting of organs from living Falun Gong prisoners of conscience in China. Kilgour said people can write to their MPs to make them aware of the issue. (Joan Delaney/Epoch Times)

Former cabinet minister and Secretary of State for Asia-Pacific David Kilgour speaks at a forum in Victoria on Oct. 25, 2014, to raise awareness about the forced harvesting of organs from living Falun Gong prisoners of conscience in China. Kilgour said people can write to their MPs to make them aware of the issue. (Joan Delaney/Epoch Times)

Audience members sign petitions at a forum in Victoria on Oct. 27, 2014. The petitions call on the Canadian government to pass a resolution to establish measures to stop the Chinese regime’s crime of systematically murdering Falun Gong prisoners of conscience for their organs, and to amend Canadian legislation to combat transplant tourism to China, among other things. (Shaobing Gu/Epoch Times)

Audience members sign petitions at a forum in Victoria on Oct. 27, 2014. The petitions call on the Canadian government to pass a resolution to establish measures to stop the Chinese regime’s crime of systematically murdering Falun Gong prisoners of conscience for their organs, and to amend Canadian legislation to combat transplant tourism to China, among other things. (Shaobing Gu/Epoch Times)

Audience members buy copies of “The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China's Secret Solution to Its Dissident Problem” by Ethan Gutmann at a forum in Victoria on Oct. 27, 2014. (Shaobing Gu/Epoch Times)

Audience members buy copies of “The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China's Secret Solution to Its Dissident Problem” by Ethan Gutmann at a forum in Victoria on Oct. 27, 2014. (Shaobing Gu/Epoch Times)

Ethan Gutmann, author of “The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China's Secret Solution to Its Dissident Problem” signs his book for an audience member at a forum in Victoria on Oct. 27, 2014. (Shaobing Gu/Epoch Times)

Ethan Gutmann, author of “The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China's Secret Solution to Its Dissident Problem” signs his book for an audience member at a forum in Victoria on Oct. 27, 2014. (Shaobing Gu/Epoch Times)

“The Slaughter” author Ethan Gutmann speaks during a forum in Calgary on Oct. 29, 2014, on the killing of arrested dissidents and prisoners of conscience for their organs in China. “Uyghurs, Falun Gong, Tibetans, even sometimes Christians—that’s where the organs are coming from,” he said. “A pregnant woman on the street who has done nothing more than hand out a flyer is different from a rapist or a murderer. Here we’re talking about prisoners of conscience. .. We can say with confidence most executions are done in the operating room in China.” (Jerry Wu/Epoch Times)

“The Slaughter” author Ethan Gutmann speaks during a forum in Calgary on Oct. 29, 2014, on the killing of arrested dissidents and prisoners of conscience for their organs in China. “Uyghurs, Falun Gong, Tibetans, even sometimes Christians—that’s where the organs are coming from,” he said. “A pregnant woman on the street who has done nothing more than hand out a flyer is different from a rapist or a murderer. Here we’re talking about prisoners of conscience. .. We can say with confidence most executions are done in the operating room in China.” (Jerry Wu/Epoch Times)

Former MP and Secretary of State for Asia Pacific David Kilgour speaks at a forum in Calgary on Oct. 29, 2014, on the killing of prisoners of conscience for their organs in China. Canadians are among those who go to China for a new organ, Kilgour said. “Among the three hospitals—one in Calgary, one in Vancouver, and one in Toronto—over a three-year period, about 100 people went to China for organs.” He said Israel passed a law making it an offence to go to China to buy organs, and Canada should do the same. (Jerry Wu/Epoch Times)

Former MP and Secretary of State for Asia Pacific David Kilgour speaks at a forum in Calgary on Oct. 29, 2014, on the killing of prisoners of conscience for their organs in China. Canadians are among those who go to China for a new organ, Kilgour said. “Among the three hospitals—one in Calgary, one in Vancouver, and one in Toronto—over a three-year period, about 100 people went to China for organs.” He said Israel passed a law making it an offence to go to China to buy organs, and Canada should do the same. (Jerry Wu/Epoch Times)

Ethan Gutmann talks about his new book

Ethan Gutmann talks about his new book "The Slaughter" at a forum on state-sanctioned forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience in China at the Medical Sciences Building at the University of Alberta in Edmonton on Oct. 28, 2014. (Omid Ghoreishi/Epoch Times)

Former Edmonton MP David Kilgour talks at a forum on state-sanctioned forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience in China at the Medical Sciences Building at the University of Alberta in Edmonton on Oct. 28, 2014. (Yan Lu/Epoch Times)

Former Edmonton MP David Kilgour talks at a forum on state-sanctioned forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience in China at the Medical Sciences Building at the University of Alberta in Edmonton on Oct. 28, 2014. (Yan Lu/Epoch Times)

Dr. Charl Els, associate clinical professor at the University of Alberta’s Department of Psychiatry and the John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre, talks at a forum on state-sanctioned forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience in China at the Medical Sciences Building at the University of Alberta in Edmonton on Oct. 28, 2014. (Yan Lu/Epoch Times)

Dr. Charl Els, associate clinical professor at the University of Alberta’s Department of Psychiatry and the John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre, talks at a forum on state-sanctioned forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience in China at the Medical Sciences Building at the University of Alberta in Edmonton on Oct. 28, 2014. (Yan Lu/Epoch Times)

U.S. author Ethan Gutmann’s new book, The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China’s Secret Solution to Its Dissident Problem, is a riveting inside account of China’s booming organ transplant business and gives a glimpse into the Chinese state’s secret program to get rid of arrested dissidents while profiting from the sale of their organs—in many cases to Western recipients.

Gutmann is currently on an eight-city tour of Canada to raise awareness about China’s illegal organ trade and to join discussions with medical and legal experts on how Canada should respond to the mass killings through organ harvesting in China. While in Ottawa, he spoke at a public forum as well as testified before a House of Commons human rights subcommittee.

Gutmann estimates that the number of casualties is close to 100,000—most of them Falun Gong adherents. Other dissident groups killed in this gruesome manner include Tibetans, Uyghurs, and House Christians.

In addition to Ottawa, Gutmann’s tour of Canada from Oct. 20 to Oct. 29 includes Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Courtenay, Victoria, Edmonton, and Calgary.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to correct an inaccuracy.

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