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  • DCGI Moves to Stop Cosmetics Tests

    Written by PETA

    The Drugs Controller General Of India has made moves to stop animal tests for cosmetics following input from PETA, MP Maneka Gandhi.

    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 Medical Research.

    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 animal tests.

    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 misleading.

    Learn which companies do and don't test on animals and be 100% cruelty free.

  • Indian Mud Turtle Rescued!

    Written by PETA

    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?

  • Joaquin Phoenix 'Drowns' for Animals!

    Written by PETA

    Joaquin 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.

    "I 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 sisters."

    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 Festival.

    Join Joaquin Phoenix in going vegan. Order our free vegetarian/vegan starter kit by writing to us at Info@petaindia.org now.

  • Jacqueline Asks You to Go Vegan for Lent

    Written by PETA

    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 start!"

    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.

    Fernandez's commitment to animal rights doesn't end at the dinner table. She recently shot a PETA 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 Lent.

  • 10 Reasons Why My Dog Is My Valentine

    Written by PETA

    Valentine's 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 our dogs:

    • My dog joyously greets me every time I come home.

    • My dog is always in the mood to cuddle.

    • My dog is the best partner to play hide-and-seek.

    • My dog enjoys long walks.

    • My dog never complains about my cooking.

    • My dog helps me clean up spills in the kitchen.

    • My dog keeps me warm at night and never steals the covers.

    • My dog shares my belief that there's never a wrong time for a nap.

    • My dog doesn't fight with me about what show we should watch on TV.

    • My dog loves me unconditionally.

    If 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!

    • My dog keeps me warm at night and never steals the covers.
  • Superdude Says, 'No Caging Birds'

    Written by PETA

    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.

  • EU and Israel Ban Animal Tests!

    Written by PETA

    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 Israel's border.

    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 cosmetics.

    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 to modern, 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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