For Immediate Release:
April 28, 2021
Amanda Hays 202-483-7382
Raleigh, N.C. – Tomorrow, PETA demonstrators will cart a life-size dog statue—bearing over 142,000 petition signatures—to an Ajinomoto office to protest the MSG giant’s use of dogs and other animals in cruel, unnecessary experiments.
When: Thursday, April 29, 12 noon
Where: 4105 Poole Rd., Raleigh
Since the 1950s, Ajinomoto experimenters have cut open dogs’ stomachs, inserted tubes, starved the animals, fed them MSG, taken their stomach fluid, and injected them with drugs, purportedly to establish health claims for marketing the company’s food products and ingredients. Some of its other tests have involved inserting tubes into day-old baby pigs’ arteries and starving them, electroshocking rats, and compelling mice to fight each other. PETA notes that these animal tests are neither relevant to human health nor required by law.
“Killing dogs and other sensitive animals to make dubious health claims about MSG and other foods is unconscionable,” says PETA Vice President Shalin Gala. “PETA’s protest reflects the wishes of more than 142,000 kind consumers who are demanding that Ajinomoto follow the lead of other global food companies in ending its animal tests.”
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.