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Energy drink maker ‘Grape King Bio’ ends animal testing

Taiwanese food giant Grape King Bio, known for its popular energy drink, recently ended animal testing after hearing from PETA and our friends at Kindness to Animals (KiTA). More than 63,000 PETA supporters have written to Grape King Bio, helping to secure this major victory for animals.

How were animals used in testing by Grape King Bio?

Grape King Bio is Taiwan’s largest biotech fermentation health food company and has conducted or funded at least 10 animal experiments from 2002 to 2020 that involved maiming and killing as many as 1,333 animals. The experiments were conducted to support the health claims of products such as probiotics, reishi mushrooms and goji berries.

Grape King Bio will join the list of companies that have left behind cruel tests like these:

  • Experimenters repeatedly force-fed mice with reishi mushrooms, repeatedly injected them with allergens that caused extremely painful allergic reactions, repeatedly drew their blood, then broke their necks to kill them before dissection.
  • Experimenters repeatedly force-fed rats carbon tetrachloride to induce liver damage, repeatedly force-feed them tough camphor fungus, draw their blood, then kill and dissect them.
  • Experimenters forced mice to inhale allergens to induce asthma, forced them to inhale chemical fumes, force-fed them repeatedly with probiotics, took their blood, then killed and dissected them.
  • The experimenters fed mice a diet high in fat and sugar to induce high blood sugar, repeatedly force-fed them a mixture of Chinese medicine (including goji berries and cinnamon), repeatedly starved and drew their blood.
  • The experimenters repeatedly force-fed mice amino acids, starved them for up to 24 hours, and threw them into beakers filled with water to observe how long they struggled before drowning or remaining under water. water for eight consecutive seconds. While the animals learned to float and conserve their energy, the experimenters agitated the water to force them to struggle. To speed up the drowning process, the experimenters attached lead wires to the mice, which made it harder for them to swim.

PETA scores groundbreaking victories for animals in Taiwan labs

In banning horrific animal testing, Grape King Bio joins other conscientious and forward-thinking companies in Taiwan who, following discussions with scientists at PETA, have made the compassionate decision to end archaic animal experiments. animals. These companies include the following:

PETA also recently applauded the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration’s (TFDA) decision to remove animal testing from its regulations on blood pressure health claims for foods. This change came after receiving PETA’s detailed science review, submitted at the agency’s request. This step-by-step decision will prevent countless animals from being used in cruel and stressful experiments that involve locking rats – bred to develop high blood pressure – in laboratory cages, feeding them three-tier foods of interest doses for at least eight weeks and measure the animals. blood pressure response using the stress-inducing cuff method.

Additionally, the TFDA – after receiving separate scientific comment from PETA and calls to end animal testing from thousands of our supporters – has made historic announcements that dozens of vulnerable animals will not be no longer drowned or electroshocked so that Taiwanese companies make anti-fatigue health claims for food and beverages and that the agency will prioritize internationally recognized non-animal testing to assess food safety.

PETA is now lobbying for the TFDA to change a different proposed rule to ban health food companies from mutilating rats for the purpose of making joint protection health claims.

What you can do for animals in Taiwan

PETA is leading a global trend against animal testing, having persuaded dozens of food companies to end (or pledge never to start) animal testing. Animal testing for food and beverage marketing does not advance human health, is not required by law, and has no place in research.

Please take action today to urge other Taiwanese food and beverage companies to end horrific animal experiments.

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