Is the victim in the following story human? How about the perpetrator?http://www.chinahistoryforum.com/index.php?/topic/9753-torture-during-the-han-dynasty/page__st__15
"人彘" (human pig)
The first emperor of Han dynasty (Liu Bang) had a favorite concubine, lady Qi. She had a son, Ruyi (如意). At one point, Liu Bang wanted to replace the Crown Prince Liu Ying (刘盈) with Ruyi. Only because most of the high officials disagree, Liu Bang changed his mind, and Ruyi was appointed prince of Zhao. After Liu Bang was dead and Liu Ying became the emperor, Liu Ying's mother, Dowager Empress Lu, was in power. When lady Qi was in favor, she probably had offended empress Lu deeply. Therefore, Dowager Empress Lu cut lady Qi’s hair and put her to hard labor. Lady Qi made a song saying, (I will paraphrase here), “The son is a prince, and the mother is a slave. My son is 3000 lis away, and who will tell him of my sufferings?” When Dowager Empress Lu heard the song, she was very mad. Afterwards, she called prince Zhao back to the capital and eventually poisoned him to death despite of her son’s efforts (the emperor Liu Ying was trying to protect his younger brother, but he let the assassin slip in). The emperor had to revenge his brother by secretly executing the people involved. Soon after, a eunuch, under the Dowager Empress’ order, came to show the emperor a new invention. The emperor went to a bathroom and saw a bloody mess. There was a person who had no hair, no arms, no legs, no ears, no nose, no eyes, and he/she couldn’t speak.
Liu Ying fainted right there. After he was awake, he asked the eunuch who this person was? The eunuch said that she was Lady Qi. In addition to cutting of all her body parts, they poured melted copper to her ears so that she couldn’t hear and fed her poison so she couldn’t speak. Liu Ying cried and said, “Was this the actions of a human being?”
Afterwards, he was sick for a long time. When he recovered, he spent his time in parties and with women. Soon, he was dead