Percentage and total of animals raised and/or processed, by species and breed type
Symrise is not involved in animal husbandry, nor do we slaughter any animals ourselves (regarding the supply chain, see 414-2). The dogs and cats that are kept by the Symrise subsidiary Diana are primarily used to conduct taste tests, while fish and shrimp in the Diana Aqua segment are used for product tests.
Every year, breeders and owners select dogs and cats for this purpose according to set criteria. Our goal is to provide a representative cross-section of breed diversity on the various continents. Wherever possible, the animals do not belong to certain breeds that are known for their tendency to develop health or behavioral problems. Our dogs and cats are acquired after a weaning period and are identified by tattoos and microchips. All animals remain in quarantine before they are used. We do not carry out any breeding on our own.
Our Diana Aqua subsidiary conducts product tests of fish and shrimp primarily in order to investigate growth behavior. In the process, strict guidelines regarding test procedures and test personnel are followed that comply at a minimum with local regulations. The shrimp and fish used for this have an annual live weight of about 250 kg.