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Elephant Man Dissection: ‘Joseph Merrick Would Be Heartbroken’

October 4, 2021

Actor and broadcaster Adam Pearson is among thousands of people to oppose a show where a replica of Joseph Merrick’s body will be dissected.

Known as the Elephant Man, Mr Merrick grew up in Leicester and toured the East Midlands as a travelling exhibit before moving to London.

Disability campaigners have likened the “dinner and dissection” event to a freak show, and more than 8,000 people have signed a petition against it.

The show is being held by Sam Piri, who secured funding for his business on the BBC programme Dragons’ Den and insists the show is educational.

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