House Foods Quickly Ends Animal Experiments Following PETA Appeal

Published by Katherine Sullivan.

Just weeks after PETA contacted House Foods to ask it to stop conducting experiments on animals, the company put an end to its long-standing practice of force-feeding mice and injecting them with chemicals in order to make health claims about its products.

House Foods’ animal tests date back to 1996. In a recent test, experimenters fed mice curcumin, injected them with a chemical that induces symptoms mimicking Parkinson’s disease, killed them, and cut out their brains. In another, experimenters fed mice who had been genetically modified to be obese and diabetic a high-fat diet that also included the plant fenugreek, then starved them, and finally killed them and extracted their blood and livers. These tests were carried out even though numerous published human studies on the same ingredients were available, as were superior, animal-free research methods.

After learning from PETA that experiments on animals are cruel, not required by law, and irrelevant to humans, House Foods executives quickly agreed to ban these archaic tests. We applaud the company for embracing modern, animal-free methods.

House Foods Group Inc., which is headquartered in Japan, joins a growing list of companies—including ITO EN, Barilla, Kikkoman, The Coca-Cola Company, Lipton, POMWonderful LLC, and many others—that have agreed to eliminate animal tests after discussions with PETA.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind