Sweet news! After hearing from PETA and PETA Germany, Switzerland-based chocolatier Barry Callebaut—the “world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate & cocoa products”—has publicly announced that it will not conduct, fund or commission any animal experiments unless they are explicitly required by law. In another kind move for animals, earlier this year, the multibillion-dollar company announced plans to open a completely vegan production facility in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.
Further expansion in the UK and the growing demand for vegan and dairy-free products are hot topics for chocolate maker Barry Callebaut #Chocolate #FoodManufacture https://t.co/SaKDowUUzH pic.twitter.com/BVP05ZlcA9
— Food Manufacture (@FoodManufacture) January 29, 2020
Barry Callebaut joins the ranks of other progressive food-industry giants—including Barilla, The Coca-Cola Company, General Mills, House Foods, Kikkoman, Lipton, Nissin Foods Holdings Co., Ltd., Ocean Spray, PepsiCo, POM Wonderful, Sapporo Holdings, Welch’s, and Yakult Honsha—that have banned cruel and deadly experiments on animals after discussions with PETA.
What Do Animals Endure in These Types of Experiments?
Prior to Barry Callebaut’s compassionate decision, PETA uncovered experiments on animals that the company contributed to—which were not required by law—published between 2007 and 2019.
As part of its campaign to end animal testing in the global food industry, PETA has exposed how for decades manufacturers have pursued tests that cut into, tormented, and killed thousands of animals during cruel laboratory experiments—all in misguided attempts to make marketing claims about products ranging from Ramen noodles to candy bars and from breakfast cereals to liquor.
By banning these and other animal tests after discussions with PETA and our affiliates, Barry Callebaut is committing to sparing other animals a similar fate. The company also sets a progressive example for other food and beverage producers to follow.
Conscientious shoppers play a huge part in driving the vegan revolution, and they don’t want to buy products that were cruelly tested on animals.
You Can Help Prevent Other Animals From Suffering in Experiments
Animals suffer in pointless food and beverage industry tests in many countries all over the world.
For example, Japan-based conglomerate Ajinomoto Co., Inc.—the world’s largest manufacturer of the controversial food flavor “enhancer” MSG—has been tormenting thousands of dogs, fish, gerbils, guinea pigs, mice, pigs, rabbits, and rats in horrific and deadly experiments since the 1950s. It continues to pursue animal tests on ingredients used in packaged frozen foods sold in the U.S. under the brands Tai Pei, Ling Ling, and José Olé. Even though PETA has pressed the company to modernize and stop misleading consumers, Ajinomoto refuses to end cruel and worthless tests on animals.
PETA and our international affiliates are leading a global effort to spare the lives of thousands of animals used in deadly food-industry experiments and replace them with humane, effective, economical, and modern animal-free research tools.
You can join us. Take action now: