PETA U.S. Just Purchased Shares in Ajinomoto to Tell It to Stop Torturing Dogs

Group Formally to Challenge Company’s Torment of Thousands of Animals in Horrific Experiments Done to Make Health Claims to Market Foods

Tokyo — PETA U.S. has purchased of stock in Japanese conglomerate Ajinomoto Co., Inc.—the world’s largest manufacturer of monosodium glutamate (MSG)—in order to ask a question at the company’s 2021 annual general meeting to urge shareholders to end its cruel and deadly tests, in which thousands of dogs and other animals have been used to make dubious health claims for marketing its food products and ingredients.

The stock purchase follows PETA Asia and its affiliates’ ongoing campaign and letter to Ajinomoto earlier this month, in which the group urged the company to end its crude tests on animals in light of Ajinomoto’s recent roundtable meetings—which considered how it can “‘coexist even more harmoniously with animals’ in a format that responds better to the times we live in and the expectations of society,” including in its “approach to animal welfare and the status of animal testing.” Other Japanese food companies, such as House Foods, Morinaga & Co., Kikkoman, Yakult Honsha, Meiji Holdings, Sapporo Holdings, Toyo Suisan Kaisha, and Nissin Foods, have already ended animal experiments after talks with PETA U.S.

PETA Asia points out that, since the 1950s, the company’s experimenters have cut open dogs’ stomachs, inserted tubes, starved them, fed them MSG, taken their stomach fluid, and injected them with drugs. Some of its other tests involved inserting tubes into day-old piglets’ arteries and starving them, electroshocking rats, and forcing mice to fight each other. None of these animal tests are required by law.

“For decades, Ajinomoto has been tormenting dogs and thousands of other intelligent, sensitive animals in horrific, deadly experiments in order to make health claims to market food products,” says PETA Asia Senior Vice President Jason Baker. “PETA Asia will now have a direct line to board members and shareholders to urge them to stop these cruel and wasteful tests, which don’t benefit human health.”

Ajinomoto is the owner of packaged frozen-food brands Tai Pei, Ling Ling, and José Olé.

PETA Asia—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.