Tokyo-Based Food and Beverage Company Agrees to Stop Force-Feeding, Poisoning, and Killing Animals in Cruel Tests

For Immediate Release:
February 6, 2018

Manila — Just weeks after PETA’s U.S. affiliate urged Yakult Honsha Co., Ltd., to stop force-feeding, poisoning, and killing rodents in order to make various questionable health claims about its products, the Tokyo-based food and beverage giant, which sells probiotics and other products in the Philippines and all over the world, has pledged to end all its experiments on animals and conduct only non-animal tests going forward.

In a letter to the company, PETA U.S. noted that since all the tests that Yakult Honsha was conducting involved common food ingredients with no toxicity concerns, the studies could have safely used human volunteers—and in fact, numerous such studies have already been conducted and published.

“Yakult Honsha did the right thing by ending cruel animal tests, which are irrelevant to human health and not required by law,” says PETA U.S. Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo. “PETA U.S. is calling on other companies that still experiment on animals to follow suit and embrace modern, humane, animal-free research methods instead.”

PETA U.S. notes that experiments conducted by the company included subjecting mice to whole-body radiation, injecting them with chemicals, force-feeding them probiotics or bacteria to induce lethal infections, and feeding them apple pomace extract before forcing them to run on a treadmill until exhausted. At the end of the experiments, the animals were killed and dissected.

Yakult Honsha joins a growing list of companies—including Barilla, The Coca-Cola Company, House Foods, Kikkoman, Lipton, Ocean Spray, POM Wonderful, LLC, and Welch’s—that have worked with PETA U.S. to end animal tests.

The letter to Yakult Honsha is available upon request. For more information, please visit PETA U.S.’ website,