There is even more progress in global efforts to end animal experimentation! After over six months of negotiations with PETA and our friends from Kindness to Animals (KiTA) in Taiwan, Lian Hwa Foods Corp.– a popular snack food company based in Taiwan and a major supplier of ready-to-eat foods in 7-Eleven stores – has banned animal testing not expressly required by law.
From 2013 to 2018, Lian Hwa conducted and / or funded at least five laboratory experiments involving at least 178 animals.
Lian Hwa has previously supported invasive and lethal animal testing methods to justify claims made in marketing materials to consumers about the alleged human health benefits of its products and ingredients, including oats, probiotics, and mulberry leaves. But after receiving a response from PETA, the company introduced a forward-looking policy that says, “Lian Hwa Foods … does not conduct, sponsor, or commission / transfer third-party animal testing unless otherwise expressly required by regulations.” original Chinese policy).
PETA is urging other food companies in Taiwan to stop funding or unnecessary animal testing.
These tests have resulted in force-feeding, electric shock, drowning, starvation, bleeding, poisoning, dissection, and / or killing of more than 8,000 animals over the past two decades. Liang Hwa now joins Standard Foods Group and Vitalon Foods Group – the largest and third-largest health food companies in Taiwan, respectively – in banning such tests, none of which require Taiwanese law, after receiving information from PETA.
PETA has previously also successfully pressured the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) to implement two major reforms: first, removing horrific drowning tests and animal electric shock from regulations affecting companies trying to make claims. on reducing health fatigue in marketing its products; and secondly, updating the rules for testing the safety of healthy food with a focus on “internationally recognized non-animal testing methods”.
PETA and our 96,000+ conscientious supporters are now calling on the TFDA to ban animal testing in a separate draft regulation for companies trying to make joint health claims in the marketing of food and beverages.
What can you do
Please take action today to convince other Taiwanese companies that are still conducting animal testing for food and beverage marketing to enter the 21st category.st century and put an end to these terrible experiments that do not promote human health, are not legally required and have no place in modern research.
Act to protect animals now!