Sexually Abusing and Bleeding Cows in Milk Test: Penn State, MSG Giant Slammed by PETA

For Immediate Release:
June 9, 2021

Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

State College, Pa. – Please see PETA Vice President Shalin Gala’s statement regarding a recent animal experiment coauthored by Ajinomoto and Pennsylvania State University:

The world’s leading maker of MSG has harmed dogs and other animals for years—and now it’s using cows in experiments that are more like sexual abuse than science. In a recently published experiment at The Pennsylvania State University, sensitive cows were subjected to cruel tests to determine whether they could produce more milk if fed an Ajinomoto product. Specifically, experimenters fed cows feathers, blood, and the company’s test amino acid product; repeatedly milked them; repeatedly poked their anuses and vulvae; and repeatedly took their blood. There is no excuse for Ajinomoto to continue these misguided animal tests, which are curiosity-driven and not required by law. More than 144,000 people have called on Ajinomoto to join the ranks of the dozens of global food companies that have banned animal tests after discussions with PETA.

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

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