Based in Japan, Ajinomoto Co. Inc. has tormented thousands of dogs, fish, gerbils, guinea pigs, mice, pigs, rabbits, and rats in horrific and deadly experiments since the 1950s. 😨 The company, which is the world’s largest manufacturer of monosodium glutamate (MSG) and an owner of packaged frozen food brands, has straight-up refused to end worthless animal testing using its ingredients. 😒 Help us get it to change its ways!
Why Animal Testing?
Food companies often torment and kill animals in abusive tests to make iffy human health claims so they can market food products and ingredients to consumers. 😡 But these experiments aren’t legally required and have zero relevance to human health. Superior, non-animal research methods—like studies using human volunteers or donated human tissue—are readily available, cheaper, and way more reliable than tests on animals. ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ So why is Ajinomoto still forcing animals to suffer and die in agony? 🤷
What Is Ajinomoto Doing to Animals?
Even though the majority (51-57%) of Japanese adults agree that “animal experiments are painful and cruel acts” and that “animals in experiments are to be pitied,” Ajinomoto still refuses to ban these worthless tests. Ajinomoto experimenters have cut open dogs’ stomachs and inserted tubes, starved them for 18 hours, given them liquid diets with monosodium glutamate (MSG), taken their stomach fluid, and injected them with drugs. They’ve also fed rabbits an amino acid, starved them, and taken their blood repeatedly before killing and dissecting them. 😰 🐶 🐰
In this test funded by Ajinomoto, experimenters at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul taped splints to rats’ hind legs and left the animals to suffer this way for two weeks to force their muscles to deteriorate. Results of this experiment aren’t translatable to humans, owing to the profound biological and physiological differences between species.
Plus, Ajinomoto has funded or conducted experiments in which rats’ or mice’s nerves are cut or the animals are starved, forced to run or swim, force-fed, injected with toxic cancer drugs, electroshocked, and cut open. Some of the rats or mice died from botched surgeries, while others were killed and dissected. 😱 🐀 🐁 It’s giving slasher movie.
What Is PETA Doing to Help?
PETA is leading the global push to end animal testing in the food and beverage industry. 🎉 After talking with PETA scientists, major companies like Barilla, Heineken, and Bacardí have made new policies banning testing on animals. We’ve convinced dozens of others around the world to stop funding or conducting tests on animals that aren’t even required by law—and Ajinomoto needs to hop on board. 👏
How You Can Help
Please help us get Ajinomoto to ban animal testing by sending polite comments to the following company representatives:
President and CEO
Ajinomoto Foods North America
Executive Vice President
Ajinomoto Health & Nutrition North America
Chief Supply Chain Officer
Ajinomoto Foods North America
You can use these talking points, but remember that your own words always hit different: 💁
I was shocked to learn that Ajinomoto has been funding and conducting cruel and deadly tests on dogs, mice, and other animals for decades. Please immediately end all tests on animals that aren’t legally required.
Ajinomoto experimenters have cut open dogs’ stomachs and put in tubes, starved the dogs for 18 hours, given them liquid diets with MSG, taken their stomach fluid, and injected them with drugs.
It’s ethically wrong—and bad business—to make animals suffer in laboratories so that your company can market your products to consumers.
Other major food and beverage companies, like Barilla and Heineken, have already banned animal testing after talking with PETA.
Then use the form below to contact other Ajinomoto employees.