Update (May 30, 2023): An animal rights activist, on behalf of PETA and two Taiwanese animal protection organizations, attended the annual shareholder meeting of Taiwanese probiotics company GenMont Biotech Inc. in order to raise questions about the cruel and unnecessary experiments on animals that the company conducts and funds. The activist pointed out that GenMont had tried to make dubious health claims to promote its products, mutilated hundreds of mice and other animals, and conducted experiments on animals even though they weren’t legally required, in violation of the 3 Rs mandate to replace, reduce, and refine the use of animals in experiments. The company even uses the horrific forced swim test, which has already proved to be unscientific and has been removed by the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration as a test option for health food marketing applications. GenMont’s continued animal testing stands in contrast to over 170 global food companies, including several based in Taiwan, which have prohibited animal experiments that are not legally mandated. The activist ended her statement by urging GenMont to stop using marketing as an excuse to kill animals and to ban all animal experiments not required by law. The company wouldn’t make any promises and avoided answering the question about using the pointless and terrifying forced swim test to substantiate claims about its health food products.
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PETA’s got a seat at a new table, thanks to a supporter’s stock purchase in Taiwanese probiotics company GenMont Biotech Inc., which hasn’t had the guts to move away from its cruel, ineffective animal tests, which aren’t required by law. Now we intend to show the company’s cruelty directly to investors at its annual general meeting.
Between 2008 and 2018, GenMont conducted or funded at least seven experiments on animals, mutilating and killing at least 378 of them. Experimenters repeatedly force-fed mice probiotics, injected them with allergens that caused painful reactions, cut out rats’ ovaries, and broke animals’ necks to kill them, among other abusive acts.
PETA and our partner organization in Taiwan, Kindness to Animals, attempted to contact GenMont, urging it to end these experiments, and over 72,000 PETA supporters sent e-mails to the company’s leadership asking the same. But the tests continue, so here we are.
GenMont Lags Behind Its Peers
GenMont must stop using marketing as an excuse to harm and kill animals. Its position is in stark contrast to that of dozens of other global food companies, several of which are based in Taiwan, including Asia’s largest food company, Uni-President Enterprises Corporation, which ended animal tests after talks with PETA and Kindness to Animals.
What You Can Do
Please take a moment to defend animals tormented and killed by Taiwanese food giants whose experimenters maim, poison, and kill for the sake of making bogus health claims in attempts to market food products.