Man Who Sells Human Bones Sparks Online Debate

A man who sells human bones has sparked a debate on TikTok over how 'ethical' it is. 
Credit: @jonsbones/TikTok

A man who sells human bones has sparked a debate on TikTok over how ‘ethical’ it is. 

Jon-Pichaya Ferry uses his account to advertise his osteological supply company, which is based in New York. 

In a video posted on the platform, he said: “All of our bones come from the medical bone trade.

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The TikToker sells all types of human bones at varying prices. Credit: @jonsbones/TikTok

“One of the largest providers of human osteology is actually Adam Rouilly in London.”

However, users of the platform were quick to voice their disapproval of the business. 

One wrote: “Were they donated by people upon death? Or taken without permission? Because I’ve heard a lot of bones are taken unethically.”

“Please tell me those are not real,” said another. 

A third commented: “Low key macabre but very interesting, scientifically speaking of course,” while a fourth added: “Yeah but like when someone dies they probably didn’t think they’d end up in your house.”

However, others were quick to defend the trade, adding that it is important for educational purposes. 

One viewer said: “Those of us who use cadaver k9s to locate the dead really appreciate being able to source human bones for training aids. Thumbs up.”

The 21-year-old business owner has over 500,000 followers and 22.1million likes on the social media platform.

On his website, Ferry sells ribs for as little as $18, but skulls will set customers back around $2,000.

He previously told ABC News that his customers tend to be ‘chiropractors to universities to artists,’ but also include ‘search and rescue teams to help train search dogs’. 

The young man has acknowledged that the selling of human bones is a ‘sensitive topic,’ but claimed he believes that the ‘original purpose of these pieces was for education and understanding’. 

His website also tells buyers to ‘treat these bones with as much respect as possible’.

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.