Experiments for food
End sickening animal experiments carried out by leading food giants Danone, Nestlé and Yakult
Cruelty Free International has exposed sickening animal tests carried out by some of the world's leading food giants, presumably so that the companies could market health claims about their products.
The harmful and unnecessary experiments, which were all published in 2014 or 2015, caused suffering to dogs, mice, hamsters, rats and pigs. We’ve revealed animals being force fed to obesity, exposed to radiation and suffering surgery to insert tubes. Find out more about these experiments below or read our exposé in the Sunday Express.
- In an experiment carried out by Nestlé, mice were starved for 23 hours before being force-fed a single dose of cinnamon extract through a tube forced down their throats. All of the mice were killed and their organs dissected.
- In an experiment carried out by Yakult, five-week-old mice were force-fed probiotic bacteria before being exposed to radiation. This was repeated three times a week for three months. The mice developed deep wrinkles and signs of ageing. All of the mice were killed so their skin could be removed and examined.
- In a six-month experiment carried out by Nestlé, 18 overweight beagles were fed with Nestlé Purina’s low calorie weight loss diet, but at only 75% of their recommended dietary needs. The dogs were subjected to regular injections and had their blood taken throughout the experiment to study the effect of losing weight on their bodies.
- In an experiment carried out by Danone, eight two-week-old piglets had surgery to implant tubes in their small intestines. As a result of this surgery, one piglet died and another piglet’s tube started to leak. They were then force-fed baby formula four times a day for six days with fluid samples being taken from the implanted tubes during this time.
Cruelty Free International maintains that these sickening experiments were carried out so that the companies could make health claims about products, including reducing obesity in humans and our companion animals.
However, ‘proving’ that their products help solve health problems in animals who have been artificially given these problems, does not mean humans will therefore experience health benefits. The results could be misleading to consumers.
In addition, some of these animal experiments took place on products which are already on the market and used perfectly safely. Why weren’t human volunteers and consumers used instead?