Photos: Japanese MSG Giant That Tortures Animals Comes to Leeds – PETA Protests

Photos: Japanese MSG Giant That Tortures Animals Comes to Leeds – PETA Protests

LeedsToday, a giant “mouse” flanked by PETA supporters appeared outside Jacuna Kitchens in Leeds to protest Japanese monosodium glutamate (MSG) giant Ajinomoto, which is showcasing its new products at the site. Holding signs reading, “Ajinomoto: Stop Tormenting Animals!”, “Starved, Killed, and Dissected”, and “Ajinomoto: Ban Cruel Animal Tests Now!”, activists will challenge the company’s use of mice, rats, dogs, and other animals in cruel, unnecessary experiments.

High-resolution images are available here.

Since the 1950s, Ajinomoto has tormented and killed animals in experiments that are neither relevant to human health nor required by law. Recently, experimenters repeatedly deprived mice of water overnight, fed them common food substances such as miso and MSG, cut open their faces to expose a nerve, inserted electrodes, killed them, and cut off their tongues – purportedly to establish health claims for marketing the company’s food products and ingredients. Some of its other tests have involved inserting tubes into day-old baby pigs’ arteries and starving them, electroshocking rats, and cutting into dogs’ stomachs.

“Killing mice and other sensitive animals to make dubious health claims about MSG and other foods is unconscionable,” says PETA Senior Campaigns Manager Kate Werner. “PETA demands that Ajinomoto follow the lead of other global food companies, such as Kikkoman and Barry Callebaut, in ending its unsavoury tests on animals.”

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 or follow the group on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.


Jennifer White +44 (0) 20 7837 6327; [email protected]