Percentage and total of animals raised and/or processed, by species and breed type, per housing type
As a company, we are 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.
Our cats are kept in groups of 10 to 20 cats per room, while dogs are kept in pairs in kennels. Dogs and cats have permanent access to a small outdoor area and fresh water. Dogs spend several hours outdoors in a park every day. They are cared for in groups of 4 to 8 according to size and individual disposition. Dogs and cats are fed once or twice per day. The frequency of feeding coincides with their private treatment by owners.
In each of our facilities, we do not only comply with the minimal prescribed treatment regulations but try to provide larger premises than necessary since the well-being of animals is crucial to the success of our taste tests.
For example, the smallest room for 10 individual cats is 28 m2 (15 m2 for the indoor area and 13 m2 for the outdoor area). For dogs, the accommodation depends on the size of the respective animal. We calculate more than 9 m2 for small dogs and 12 m2 for larger breeds. We design the environment for cats in three dimensions in order to enlarge the available space. Portions of the outdoor areas are also roofed.
We do not breed the fish and shrimp that are used for product testing by the Diana Aqua segment ourselves but obtain them from commercial breeders. The fish and shrimp are held in facilities in which we ensure optimal conditions in terms of water quality, nutritional needs and low animal density.