Kidneys of executed criminals are being used by two Chinese hospitals for organ transplants without consulting the donor or relatives, a Hong Kong newspaper said Monday.

The South China Morning Post said two hospitals in Canton, capital of China's Guangzhou province, adjoining Hong Kong, use the kidneys of executed criminals."The transplants are not unethical as the criminals are making use of their last virtue," said Ho Mei-sim, Hong Kong representative of Canton's Nanfang Hospital.

"To avoid making a fuss, we prefer not to discuss the matter with them or else we might lose our source of getting kidneys," she told the newspaper.