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Cosmetics Testing Ban on Animals Now Permanent

Written by PETA

Posted 05-24-2014, 10:23 AM | 78 Comments

Following the removal of animal tests from the cosmetics testing standards by the PCD 19 Cosmetics Sectional Committee of the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) last year, the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has now published the cosmetic testing ban, which adds the new rule “148-C. prohibition of testing of cosmetics on animals – No person shall use any animal for testing of cosmetics” to the existing Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945. This marks a significant victory for animals in India, because while standards under the BIS can undergo change, this addition to the law means that any changes made can never include animal tests. And because the definition of “cosmetics” under the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945, includes any article intended for use as a component of cosmetic, the ban on animal testing should apply to ingredients, too.  The removal of animal tests from the standards and this progress follows an intense campaign by PETA India and work by MP Maneka Gandhi and others.

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Recently, the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare also published a cosmetic testing ban to further amend the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945, which if passed would ban the import of cosmetics to India that have been tested on animals anywhere in the world. If introduced, the new rule may state, “135-B. Import of cosmetics tested on animals prohibited. – No cosmetic tested on animals shall be imported”. 

During cosmetics tests, harsh chemicals may be dripped into rabbits’ eyes, smeared onto animals’ abraded skin or forced down their throats.

To support the draft import ban, please send comments to Secretary Nirman Bhawan, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, New Delhi 110011, by 18 June. You may also:

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Until there is a sales ban on cosmetics that have been tested on animals, please be sure to buy only cruelty-free cosmetics from PETA’s approved-companies list.

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  • Heidi Boehm

    THIS HAS TO STOP!!!! ANIMALS ARE NO DIFFERENT THAN HUMANS EXCEPT FOR TWO THINGS THEY CAN’T SPEAK AND DEFEND THEMSELVES!!!!! IT IS THE SAME AS DOING THIS KIND OF SHIT TO A HELPLESS KID!!!!! HAVE A HEART AND STOP THIS CRUELTY FOR GOD’S SAKE THESE ARE GOD’S CREATURES!!!!!

  • Anthony Roberts

    Use humans instead

  • Gorantla,

    Please stop crualty on animals…. It is morally required. We feel pain they also feel pain. there is no difference between us. Let’s leave ourself and let them leave themself.

  • Jeanette Holmgren

    There are so many companies that can sell awesome cosmetics that are both safe to use and of excellent quality, and they do not harm even a fly in doing so. We do not live in the dark ages any longer. There is no excuse what so ever that justify torturing innocent animals in sadistic experemients!

  • Sabita Patwardhan

    Complete shits. Hope an enormous punishment awaits these bastards but it will never ever atone for what already has been done.

  • Małgorzata Domaradzka

    Stop this totally unnecessary suffering

  • Hariram7

    I urge the concerned authority to take all necessary action immedietly to stop this cruelty .

  • Corinne Karbhari

    To Whom it may concern

    Please be ethical in your manufacturing and consider these poor animals lives and their suffering before you put commercialism first. The rewards for your ethical behaviour will be enormous.

    Corinne
    Australia

  • Can you tell us more about this? I’d love to find out some additional information.

    • PETA

      You can contact our Science Policy Advisor Dr Chaitanya Koduri at ChaitanyaK@petaindia.org for further information. Thanks for the interest!

  • Dr. Rupendra Bharti

    Ok understand that. .. banned in cosmetics…. but is there any banned of animals trials of any drugs for treating certain disease…

    • PETA

      This ban applies only to the testing of cosmetics and their ingredients on animals in India.

  • Anil Chandolia

    Happy to see this news
    All Cosmetic brands like P&G, DOVE, LO’REAL, LAKME …etc or only Indian brands?
    If only Indian thn how can I get list of these companies.?
    Thank you
    – Anil Chandolia

  • Shammi Sk

    Different humans of same species react in a different way to a particular chemical. How can a product tested on animals be rendered safe for humans? Animal testing is just an outdated tradition that poses risk.

  • Flo

    Well done India for showing your intelligence and courage to say ‘no more ‘ ‘animal testing is Not acceptable nor necessary’ .

  • Sanjukta

    If this is true than we all infact I am thankful to u to stop these cruelty

  • Varsha

    Really a Great job done by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Now a days cruelty against animals in peak, This should be reduced and products which are testing on animals to be banned, what Rabbits, Pigs done harm for society, Really Shame on Humans with 6th sense ,you people do this 5 senses animal should bear, I mean to say who testing the products on animals having 5 senses even i do not know they are having Sense or not.

  • Thanks for finally talking about >Cosmetic Testing Banned On Animals <Loved it!

  • Animals are not objects, they deserve to be respected, not abused !

  • Animals are not our slaves to be abused or explored

  • Margaret Badham

    This is amazing, thank you Mr Bhawan for saving animals.

  • Navaneeth

    Stop it hurting all the innocent creatures!!

  • It’s simply not necessary to test cosmetics on animals.

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  • Nelly Alfred

    There should be no cosmetic testing on animals! We know the drugs is dangerous to be used in cosmetic, why should included them in the ccosmetic ingredients itself?

  • Aida Gliksman De Shor

    Congratulations. I live in São Paulo – Brazil. We are working hard to protect the animals. Very happy of this and that you exist.

  • Sara Maffioli

    We should use alternative cosmetic testing with out the use of a life with and heart that still breathing…..

  • So sad that these poor innocent animals r suffering needlessly!! I would rather have an allergic reaction to a cosmetic than see animals tortured for testing!!!

  • Susan Grimaldi

    Why?

  • Sonia Lampropoulou

    Animal kill should be banned and this cruel testing on animals should stop.

  • Ferrari Rosanna

    stop

  • Elaina Thompson

    It’s encouraging news which we should give thanks for – however animals will never give the cure for cancer or anything that would really dramaticaly benefit us and especially cosmetic industry has so much to answer for. Yes there is arguments for certain drugs, but even then years down the line there are consequential illnesses brought on by an animal who’s been tested on giving ‘positive’ results at the outset. No, I believe humans in gaol (that are serving long term sentences with no hope of freedom) ought to be used. They’d obviously give better vocal and physical response. And, of course could be used is a deterent for people who really want to avoid prison – unlike animals who are totally defenceless in this and cannot speak out in the first instance.

  • Nancy Ingram

    Stop all animal testing!!!!

  • SANDRA BROCK

    YAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO THANK U GOD,NEXT STEP REGARDS SANDEE

  • Anindya Mitra

    Unnecessary cruelty. Do STOP it.

  • Rajinder Pal

    Congrts. Animal kill should be totally bannned

  • Suzanne Mccaffrey

    Stop testing of animals immediately

  • Nancy Wilchenski

    That’s great, but what about all the other countries who still go on testing these poor animals! They suffer so much and for what? There are other more humane ways to test without putting these innocent animals through this torture! I wouldn’t want to know anyone, not even as a friend who could do this to such a helpless animal!

  • RENATA MAKOWSKA

    STOP !!!!

  • Eric Kraft

    Please end cosmetic tests on animalS!!!

  • Karen Opperman

    BAN. COSMETIC. TESTS ON ANIMALS!!

  • Janna Pace

    There is know reason to test on animals. There body is different from ours. Use prisoners for that. The amimals aren’t here for our use for that reason. Set those animals free.

  • Susan Slater

    Animal testing is barbaric,harsh, toxic, ingredients should NOT BE USED that need to be tested. Use only good ingrdients that dont need to be tested.

  • Francisco

    Stop with this, poor animals

  • Sameeksha Chand

    sir/ mam, I wud like to kindly urge u sincerely to please ban import of cosmetics tested on innocent animals…who suffer for our never ending ambitions and horrid desires. their inability to voice their pain in a language v understand, dsnt mean they feel no pain…have a heart n lets take a step towards being humane….animals are not ours to hurt….

  • Renate Vondrlik

    Recently, the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare also published a cosmetic testing ban to further amend the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945, which if passed would ban the import of cosmetics to India that have been tested on animals anywhere in the world. If introduced, the new rule may state, “135-B. Import of cosmetics tested on animals prohibited. – No cosmetic tested on animals shall be imported”.

    During cosmetics tests, harsh chemicals may be dripped into rabbits’ eyes, smeared onto animals’ abraded skin or forced down their throats.

    To support the draft import ban, please send comments to Secretary Nirman Bhawan, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, New Delhi 110011, by 18 June. You may also:

  • Arianne Bär

    I never buy cosmetic product testing by animals and feel very comfortable with all the natural cosmetic without any artificial stuff. My skin looks much younger then I am.

  • Debbie Havey

    Ban all testing on animals, for whatever reason.

  • Vania Dimitrova

    STOP, STOP, STOP

  • Mihir Sonpal

    i m deeply pained by the way cows and hens are treated in our nearby areas.
    i try and help in my way. please suggest some local authorities or personell in this area who can help me do some more work in this. my village is umbergaon, gujarat- 396170, india.

  • Ragini

    Please pass this bill as as I strongly condem this practice.
    We don’t encourage this kind of animal cruelty and better off not importing susuch useless cosmetics.

  • Annki Klav

    Stop cosmetics testing on animals!! It’s wrong in every way!!

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