For Immediate Release:
September 21, 2021
Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382
Chicago – After PETA caught wind of deadly animal experiments on at least 172 mice involving products provided by Blommer Chocolate Company, the largest cocoa processor and chocolate ingredient supplier in North America—even though its parent company, Fuji Holdings Inc., has banned animal tests—PETA immediately called on the subsidiary to adhere to the policy. Following the talks, Blommer has just announced that it “will not fund, conduct, or commission animal testing” and “will place stipulations on product donations for experiments that product not be used in deadly animal testing.”
“Kind shoppers will be delighted to learn that Blommer Chocolate Company has stopped supporting cruel tests on mice,” says PETA Vice President Shalin Gala. “Banning wasteful, curiosity-driven, lethal animal experiments is a win for those imprisoned in laboratories and consumers alike, and PETA is leading the effort to end these tests in the global food and beverage industry.”
As part of its campaign to end animal testing in the global food industry, PETA has exposed how, for decades, various manufacturers have funded, conducted, or supported laboratory tests in which thousands of animals have been cut open, tormented, and killed—all in misguided attempts to make marketing claims about products ranging from ramen noodles to candy bars and from breakfast cereals to liquor.
Blommer joins a growing list of dozens of companies—including several major chocolate manufacturers, such as Arcor, Barry Callebaut, Ezaki Glico Co., The Hershey Company, Lindt & Sprüngli, Meiji Co., and Ritter Sport—that have worked with PETA to end or never pursue food and beverage tests on animals.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.