Tell Kikkoman to Stop Killing Animals for Soy Sauce Health Claims
Action Alert from All-Creatures.org

FROM

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
October 2015

VICTORY UPDATE from PETA, November 17:

Following a vigorous PETA campaign that included more than 100,000 protest e-mails, countless critical social media posts, scathing media stories, and phone call blitzes to the company's U.S. offices, Kikkoman—the most popular soy sauce company in the U.S. and Japan—ended its long-standing practice of experimenting on animals. The company announced this morning that "Kikkoman has made a commitment that no further animal testing will take place."

Thank you for participating in our call-in campaign, which was a vital part of this victory. Kikkoman received countless calls from people insisting that they would boycott its products until it stopped testing on animals, and the company listened!

The new policy, which the company has posted on its website, reads, in part:

Now, Kikkoman is committed to non-animal approaches to test the safety of our products when we use biological methods. Kikkoman is introducing and developing non-animal testing methods, and conducts no animal testing across any of its product lines.

For more than 15 years, Kikkoman has conducted experiments in which animals were cut open, force-fed soy and other food products, blasted with radiation, and decapitated just to make dubious health claims—including about sexual behavior—even though authorities have clearly stated that animal experiments cannot be used to substantiate human health claims about food.

Kikkoman joins a growing list of companies—including PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Barilla, Ito En, Welch's, Lipton, and Ocean Spray—that have worked with PETA to end animal tests.

ORIGINAL ACTION

Octobe 2015: PETA recently discovered that Kikkoman Corporation, the popular soy sauce company, has been conducting and funding cruel and deadly experiments on animals in order to make health claims about its products.

Please urge Kikkoman to modernize its research program and join progressive companies like pasta maker Barilla and beverage makers Coca-Cola, Welch's, and Ocean Spray, all of which have established policies against funding, conducting, or commissioning experiments on animals.

Sign an online petition here.

And/Or better yet, make direct contact:

KikkomanUSA.com online contact page

KIKKOMAN SALES USA, INC.
Consumer Services Dept. W-S
P.O. Box 420784
San Francisco, CA 94142-0784
Phone (262) 275-6181

kikkoman animal testing

INFORMATION

According to articles published by Kikkoman as recently as August 2015, the following experiments were conducted

  • Feeding tubes were repeatedly forced down rats' throats to administer fermented soy milk.
  • Mice bred to be obese were fed citrus extract before being killed and having their muscles removed.
  • Rabbits were fed high-cholesterol diets in order to induce heart disease and then later killed.
  • Rats were force-fed soy sauce through surgically attached stomach tubes, after which they were "sacrificed by decapitation … followed by rapid removal of the brains."

These types of cruel health claim experiments are not required by law, and there are more relevant non-animal research methods—including tests with human tissues and human volunteers—available that are humane and can actually establish the health benefits of food products for humans. PETA has repeatedly contacted Kikkoman to share information about modern non-animal research tools that can better meet the company's objectives and save animals, but it has refused to meaningfully address the issue.

Please urge Kikkoman to modernize its research program and join progressive companies like pasta maker Barilla and beverage makers Coca-Cola, Welch's, and Ocean Spray, all of which have established policies against funding, conducting, or commissioning experiments on animals.

Kikkoman


Thank you for everything you do for animals!


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