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 held by our Nutrition segment are primarily experts in sensory and behavioral assessment of pet food and care, while fish and shrimp in the Diana Aqua segment are used to assess product performance.
The dogs and cats that are kept in the expert centers live in groups. Depending on building size, cats are housed in groups of 3, 8, 10 or 20 cats per room with plenty of natural light and controlled ventilation, while dogs are housed in pairs in kennels.
Dogs and cats have permanent access to a small outdoor area and fresh water.
Dogs spend several hours outdoors in parks every day. They are divided into groups of 4 to 8 animals depending on body size and individual affinity.
Dogs and cats are fed once or twice a day. Feeding frequency is the same as for pet owners at home.
In each of our facilities, we not only comply with the minimal prescribed treatment regulations, but also provide larger premises than necessary since the well-being of animals is crucial to the success of our sensory and behavioral tests of pet food and care.
For example, the smallest room for ten 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.