PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: PETA ‘RATS’ CONFINED TO CAGES TO PROTEST MSG GIANT FOR HORRIFIC TESTS ON ANIMALS

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PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: PETA ‘RATS’ TO BE CONFINED TO CAGES TO PROTEST MSG GIANT FOR HORRIFIC TESTS ON ANIMALS

Animal Rights Group Will Call On Ajinomoto to Stop Killing Animals

What:             Dressed as rats and confined to barren metal cages while holding signs that read, “Ajinomoto: Stop Animal Tests,” members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) will lead a protest in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday to remind Japan-based food company Ajinomoto Co., Inc.—the world’s largest manufacturer of the controversial flavor enhancer monosodium glutamate (MSG)—which also operates in Malaysia, that experimenting on animals is as cruel as it is worthless.

Leaflets that will be distributed by the group outside the company’s facility reveal that since the 1950s, Ajinomoto experimenters have cut open dogs’ stomachs, inserted tubes, starved them, fed them MSG, taken their stomach fluid, and injected them with drugs. They’ve also fed rabbits a common amino acid, starved them, repeatedly taken their blood, and then killed and dissected them. More recent experiments involved electroshocking rodents, forcing them to fight each other, injecting them with drugs, drawing their blood, and killing and dissecting them.

“Cutting open dogs, starving rabbits, and electroshocking mice is horrific and wasteful and doesn’t benefit human health,” says PETA Senior Vice President of International Campaigns Jason Baker. “PETA calls on Ajinomoto to join the growing industry movement to ban crude and failed animal tests and instead use modern, animal-free methods.”

Experiments using common food ingredients with no toxicity concerns can be safely conducted on human beings—and the results would be directly relevant to human health. Numerous studies of this kind, as well as those using in vitro and other sophisticated, non-animal methods, have already been conducted and published.

While numerous food-industry leaders—including The Coca-Cola Company, PepsiCo, Kellogg Company, Kikkoman, Lipton, The Hershey Company, House Foods, and dozens of others—have ended animal tests after discussions with PETA U.S., Ajinomoto has refused to engage with the group’s scientists.

When:                  Thursday, November 28, 12 noon

Where:                Outside Ajinomoto’s office, Lot 5710, Jalan Kuchai Lama, Petaling, Kuala Lumpur 58200

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PETA—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 PETAAsia.com.

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