Written by PETA
The Drugs Controller General Of India has made
moves to stop animal tests for cosmetics following input from PETA, MP Maneka
PETA India's Science Policy Adviser Dr Chaitanya Koduri informed members
of the Bureau of Indian Standards Committee PCD 19 – which sets the standard
for tests conducted by the nation's cosmetics industry – about non-animal
methods that can be used to test cosmetics. The meeting was chaired by the
Drugs Controller General of India, Dr GN Singh, who declared that animal tests
will be suspended until satisfactory validated non-animal methods are included
in the current safety standard. In January, Singh met MP Maneka Gandhi, who
strongly supports the modernization of tests to stop the use of animals and was
quoted in the media as saying, "Several developed countries have put in
rules that ban testing cosmetics on animals. We are thoroughly examining them.
We don't want to be cruel to animals. If other countries don't allow it, we
will also ban animal testing of cosmetics. The decision will follow a thorough
examination and a strong scientific examination".
PETA's longstanding campaign against tests on animals in India has
included highlighting that a phased-in ban on the testing of cosmetics and
their ingredients on animals is scheduled to take full effect in the European
Union (EU) in March 2013. Israel
has banned the testing of cosmetics and household products such as cleaners and detergents on animals, and
since 1 January 2013, cosmetics and household products that have been tested on
animals cannot be sold in that country. PETA's call for an end to the use of animals to
test cosmetics had already gained an endorsement from the Indian Council of
Says Dr Koduri, "PETA commends Dr Singh for recognizing that
animals are no longer required for the safety evaluation of cosmetics. If the
EU and Israel can ban cosmetics testing on animals, so can India. Mrs. Gandhi
should also be praised for her strong advocacy for positive change".
Following a recent Bureau of Indian Standard meeting, a test using
guinea pigs was removed from the standard on cosmetic testing following PETA's
objection. The official circular from yesterday's meeting is expected to be
released soon. PETA is also attempting to persuade the CHD 25 committee, which
sets the standard for the safety evaluation of household products, to remove
More than 1,300 companies around the world have
banned all animal tests, but many still choose to subject animals to painful
tests in which substances are smeared on their skin, sprayed in their faces or
forced down their throats. Because of the vast physiological differences
between humans and the animals used in these tests, the results are often
Learn which companies
do and don't test on animals and be 100% cruelty free.
Wish this cute turtle a very
"Happy New Birthday"!
This cute "Indian mud turtle" also known as "Flap shell
turtle" was handed over by Mr. Prashant Basawraj Patil a XI standard student and
resident of Kupwad to Mr. Kiran
Naik at Animal Rahat’s Home for Retired
Bullocks (HRB). The turtle was found by Prashant's elder sister Ms. Manjushri a
first year student of MBBS at Mirajon the middle of the road on her way to
college in the morning and she immediately called her brother for help.
The turtle was thoroughly examined by Dr Chetan Yadav,
Senior Veterinary Officer of Animal Rahat and the she was found to be healthy.
The forest department was informed who advised Animal Rahat to rehabilitate the
turtle at Krishna River which is under their jurisdiction. Kiran took a good
care of the turtle with appropriate food and water and released her at Krishna
River next day morning.
Animal Rahat is a
non-profit organisation that relies on donations from compassionate individuals
to continue to provide relief for suffering animals in India. Consider giving
someone you love the gift of saving an animal's life by making a donation to
Animal Rahat in his or her name.
Isn't she CUTE?
Phoenix "drowns" in an Oscar-worthy new film release. In a rare
appearance outside his award-winning films, the Oscar nominee is featured in a
brand-new PETA US video that shows him underwater, struggling to breathe and
panicking. As the text explains, "In water, humans drown just as fish
suffocate on land. It's slow and painful and frightening. … Put yourself in
their place. Try to relate. Go vegan". The video was shot by top
photographer Michael Muller.
was 3 years old – to this day it is a vivid memory", Phoenix says of the
moment he connected human and animal suffering. "My family and I were on a
boat, catching fish. As one fish was caught, he was writhing, then he was thrown
against the side of the boat. You couldn't disguise what it was. This was what
we did to animals to eat them. The animal went from a living, vibrant creature
fighting for life to a violent death. I recognized it, as did my brothers and
In addition to garnering an Academy Award nomination,
Phoenix's work in The Master has
already landed him awards from associations of film critics in Austin, London,
Los Angeles, San Francisco, Utah and Vancouver as well as the Venice Film
Join Joaquin Phoenix in going vegan. Order our
free vegetarian/vegan starter kit by writing to us at Info@petaindia.org now.
Bollywood star, former Miss Sri Lanka and ardent PETA India supporter Jacqueline Fernandez, who recently went
vegan, is now personally appealing to her family
members, friends and throngs of fans to follow her kind example and go vegan
for the 40 days of Lent.
"I went vegan, and
I've never felt better. Now, I want to share that wonderful feeling with
everybody I know", says Fernandez. "It's very simple: Going vegan is
the best thing you can do to help stop animal suffering, protect the
environment and safeguard your own health, and Lent is the perfect time to
A diet based on fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, and grains is
beneficial to human health, reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes and
cancer – all of which are major health concerns in India. Also, raising animals for food is a leading cause of water pollution, land degradation and the
greenhouse-gas emissions responsible for climate change. And every vegan saves
animals from torment on factory farms where they are routinely mutilated,
beaten, kicked, prodded and dragged.
commitment to animal rights doesn't end at the dinner table. She recently shot
ad asking Mumbai residents to help put cruel horse-drawn carriages out to
pasture, and she wrote a letter on PETA's behalf urging the Mumbai municipal
corporation to do everything it can to stop horse-drawn carriage rides.
To get started, order our free vegetarian/vegan starter kit by writing to us at Info@petaindia.org now and take our pledge to go vegan this
Day is when we shower our loved ones with affection. We each choose a
valentine and make every effort to show that special someone just how much we
truly cherish and appreciate him or her. But who says that "someone"
has to be human? For everyone who's "in love" with a furry,
four-legged canine, let's take a moment to reflect on why we're so crazy about
you're looking for a "long-term relationship" with a furry friend,
please visit your local animal shelter and save a life. And take a pledge always to adopt stray
dogs and cats, instead of buying them.
Now, tell us why
your dog is your Valentine!
In the month of love – that is, February – the judges and hosts of UTV Bindass Superdude, Ashmit Patel and Madhura Naik, want you to show love to birds by pledging never to cage them. In the show, Ashmit shared tips with fellas who wanted to impress the ladies, and now he and Madhura have a tip for their fans, too: cages are not for birds!
Dressed in white attire and wings to resemble birds next to the caption "Cages Are Cruel, Superdudes: Let Birds Fly Free", Patel and Naik posed for this PETA ad to let people know that birds were born to be free and that locking them in cages and denying them their freedom and the opportunity to fly is cruel. The compelling ad was shot by leading photographer Gaurav Sawn, and the stunning outfits were designed and styled by Urmi Daga and Hemal Ved (www.whatwearhow.in).
"We all want freedom, so does a bird – whether it's freedom of expression or the freedom to fly. People who let these beautiful creatures soar to the skies are truly the Superdudes", says Patel. Naik adds, "The sky is the only limit for these birds. We must let them fly more and rest less, just like a Superdude – and never, ever cage them".
In nature, birds engage in social activities, such as taking sand baths, playing hide-and-seek, dancing, building nests with their mates and nurturing their young. But when they're caged, these same vibrant animals become depressed and withdrawn.
Keeping birds in cages is also often illegal. The Wildlife Protection Act of 1972 and the amendment added to it in 1991 ban the capture and trade of all 1,200 varieties of indigenous birds in India. In spite of these laws, 300 species of birds are openly sold in markets in India, including munias, mynas, parrots, owls, hawks, peacocks and parakeets.
Israel started off 2013 with a bang—or make that
a ban. On January 1, Israel banned the import, sale, and marketing of
animal-tested cosmetics, toiletries, and household cleaners. The new ban
improves on a 2007 ban on testing personal-care and household products on animals
within the country by blocking products that have been tested on animals in other countries from even crossing
The European Union (EU) passed a similar ban that is also scheduled to take effect on 11th
March 2013. March 11. The law bans the import and sale of animal-tested
India may be next in line to protect animals from being
tormented and killed in such tests. PETA India has persuaded industry and government officials to consider a blanket ban for all tests on animals for cosmetics and household ingredients and products. If India doesn't act, the EU and Israeli markets will be cut off to Indian cosmetics manufacturers.
Devoted animal advocate and PETA India supporter MP Maneka Gandhi recently met with the Drug Controller General of India, Dr GN Singh, to discuss a possible ban on animal-tested cosmetics. Dr. Singh concluded, "Several developed countries have put in rules that ban testing cosmetics on animals. We are thoroughly examining them. We don't want to be cruel to animals. If other countries don't allow it, we will also ban animal testing of cosmetics. The decision will follow a thorough examination and a strong scientific examination".
As the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization conducts its examination,
PETA India has provided the agency with information explaining that upgrading
superior non-animal testing methods will result in improved safety
standards for personal-care products.
Furthermore, PETA India Science Policy Advisor
Dr Chaitanya Koduri is on the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) committees which
discuss cosmetics and household product testing standards, and uses his seats
to campaign for the BIS to remove requirements for animal tests.
Until animal testing is banned, we can all help protect animals from being abused in experiments. Please select cosmetics that aren't tested on animals by consulting this guide.
PETA India has persuaded industry and government
officials to consider a blanket ban for all tests on animals for cosmetics and
household ingredients and products. If India doesn't act, the EU and Israeli
markets will be cut off to Indian cosmetics manufacturers.
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