Raise a glass to Kirin. The Japanese\u00a0beer company is halting animal testing. Kirin Holdings Co., Ltd., the second-largest alcoholic-beverage manufacturer in Japan, \u201chas agreed to end all experiments on animals not required by law,\u201d PETA reported. \u201cSince 2015, Kirin had funded numerous experiments on animals, resulting in the deaths of at least 365 mice and 34 rats,\u201d PETA continued. \u201cExperimenters force-fed mice fermented milk and injected a chemical into their brains that induces inflammation, force-fed them probiotics and injected a type of flu virus up their noses, and force-fed them a high-fat diet\u2014supplemented for some with hop extracts\u2014before draining their blood and breaking their necks.\u201d Experiments also resulted in experimenters starving rats, force-feeding rats hop extracts, and inserting electrodes into rats\u2019 abdomens. \u201cAt the experiments\u2019 end, the animals were all killed and dissected,\u201d PETA reported. \u201cKirin did the right thing in ditching cruel and wasteful animal experiments,\u201d Shalin Gala, PETA vice president, said. \u201cThis step forward means that virtually the entire Japanese alcohol market has now ended animal testing after discussions with PETA, and we\u2019re raising a bottle to say, \u2018Cheers,\u2019 to that.\u201d Kirin is now one of the many Japanese alcoholic beverage companies that have banned animal testing that is not required by law. Other Japanese companies who have halted testing include Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd., Suntory Holdings, Ltd., and Sapporo Holdings Ltd. And according to PETA, \u201cother major alcohol industry players \u2013 including the Molson Coors Brewing Company, Bacardi & Company, Inc., Brown-Forman Corporation, Constellation Brands, and Heineken N.V., and E. & J. Gallo Winery \u2013 and numerous food and beverage makers\u00a0have followed suit.\u201d https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/p\/BqH3lislhtI\/ In recent months, breweries around the world have launched vegan beers. Last month the Shoreditch-based Long Arm pub and brewery announced it would soon serve a vegan avocado craft beer, named the Millennial Stout on tap.\u00a0The beer became available at the Worship Street location on November 5th, to coincide with World Vegan Month. \u201cThough the drink may not replicate avocados\u2019 vivid green colour,\u00a0according to the Evening Standard,\u00a0the Long Arm says that dark malts are combined with the fruit just after secondary fermentation, giving the drink a\u00a0\u2018subtle creamy avocado flavour and aroma,\u2019\u201d LIVEKINDLY reported in October. Become a\u00a0CLUBKINDLY\u00a0member today!