Its been revealed PET dogs, hamsters and pigs are being radiated, force-fed and subjected to tubes implanted in their organs during cruel animal testing by the world’s leading food giants.
Danone, Nestle and Yakult have been found to carry out the experiments on innocent animals to identify new money making angles on products already on the market.
In one “sickening” example, scientists working for Nestle tested on their own dogs feeding them 25% less than their energy needs and injecting them with glucose.
The research, which was all published in medical papers between 2014 and 2015, involved force-feeding, irradiation, restricted diets and the surgical implantation of tubes. The animals were often killed at the end of the experiment.
Animal rights campaigners are now urging the public to boycott Danone, Nestle and Yakult to stop the animal suffering.
Yakult researchers working in South Korea force fed five-week-old hairless mice with probiotic bacteria an hour before being beaming ultraviolet light from lamps just 12.7cm away from their skin.
The excruciating procedure was repeated three times a week for 12 weeks with the dose of radiation increasing as time went on. The mice developed deep wrinkles and were then killed so their skin could be removed an examined.
Nestle restricted the food of 18 overweight Beagles in an intense six month diet to test out its Purina low calorie weight loss food.
While they ate 25% of their required energy needs, they were subject to glucose injections and regular blood sampling.
Nestle researchers also starved mice for 23 hours to see if cinnamon could be used to treat obesity in humans.
They then force-fed them cinnamon using a tube down their throats.
In a second experiment 60 mice were fed a high-fat diet for ten weeks to make them obese followed by a diet containing cinnamon extract for another 36 days.
At the end of the experiment, the mice were force-fed glucose before being subjected to repeat blood sampling over a two-hour period. All of the mice were killed and their organs dissected.
A spokesperson for Nestle said: “Animal testing is, rightly, a matter of public concern and should only take place where absolutely necessary to demonstrate safety as part of the regulatory authorisation process to commercialise a product.
“Nestlé do not use animal tests to develop our conventional food and drink products such as coffee, tea, cereal and chocolate, which have been part of the diet for many years.
“When the relevant authorities require us do this type of testing to demonstrate safety in order commercialise food with novel ingredients, or pharmaceutical products and dermatological devices, we comply with all applicable regulations and standards.”
The spokesperson added Nestle only uses animal testing where “necessary” and it is developing new scientific methods to reduce the number of animals tested on.
They added: “Where animal testing is necessary, we take very seriously our ethical responsibility with respect to the care of animals including proper housing, nutrition, care and humane handling.”
Defending its use of Beagles, the spokesperson said it was committed to help animals “live longer, happier and healthier lives” in the wake of pet obesity, which affects more than half of pet cats and dogs.
They added: “The dogs in this nutritional study are our pets and remained in our full-time care before, during and after the feeding study.
Cruelty Free International said it was “inappropriate” to call the Beagles pets as they are kept in a laboratory environment with limited access to the outdoors and loving owners.
Cruelty Free International claim Danone scientists researching which baby formula was easiest to digest out of a range of products already on the market, could have found the best product by feeding babies the food and assessing their reactions.
Instead scientists working for its Nutrica Research arm implanted tubes into the intestines of eight two-week old piglets.
They were force-fed the formula four times a day for six days, with scientists taking samples from the tubes.
One piglet died shortly after the surgery and another piglet had to be excluded from the experiment because the tube started to leak. It is not known what happened to the remaining piglets after the tests.
A spokesperson for Danone said: “Nutricia Research is committed to developing safe and effective products.
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