Fact-check: Did the restaurant in NY really get a license to serve human flesh?

We deal with misinformation everyday and a simple WhatsApp forward is sufficient to create chaos. A recent WhatsApp forward claims that a restaurant in New York has received a license to serve the human flesh. But do we really read between the lines? The WhatsApp forward is as below:



Where else but New York City? A newly opened restaurant within the city limits is boasting the nation’s first license to serve human flesh on the menu. The restaurant, simply called SKIN, received a license after petitioning the state and federal governments over laws against cannibalism.

“As a species, we are at the top of the food chain, and the only meat left to tackle was other humans,” said SKIN owner Mario Dorcy, a 4-star Michelin chef. “We battled long and hard to be able to serve human meat in our restaurant, and the government finally conceded that were were in the right.”

Dorcy says that he has been fighting cannibal ordinance laws for over 10 years, and was finally given the green-light after he promised that the meat that was used would only come from people who had donated their bodies specifically to his restaurant, knowing full well that they would be eaten.

“We have to keep meticulous records, and there is a lot of paperwork someone has to fill out before they die, and before they can be eaten,” said Dorcy. “We do pay handsomely for body donations, though, and the money can be used for anything, since funeral expenses become zero when you donate your body to be eaten.”

Dorcy says that there are plenty of dishes on the menu that do not include human meat, but those leery of the process should not order at all.

“Just like on those packages of candies with allergy warnings that say ‘the machines also are used to make items with nuts,’ our utensils are also used to cook human meat,” said Dorcy. “So don’t come in if you’re not down with what we do.”

The link to the article also accompanies the article which is

However, if one visits the website and checks the ‘About Us/ Disclaimer’ section of the website it portrays the following message:

Empire News is intended for entertainment purposes only. Our website and social media content uses only fictional names, except in cases of public figure and celebrity parody or satirization. Any other use of real names is accidental and coincidental.

Also, the article was published on March 15, 2016 as a satire. The article has been doing rounds on the internet for quite sometime now. The article resurfaced on Nov 21, 2019 on ‘Elite News-Press website’, which also looks like a satire website but does not justify the same.

It is high time people must check what they forward.

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