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Cosmetic Tests on Animals Removed by BIS

Written by PETA

Posted 06-28-2013, 05:17 PM | 158 Comments

Following an intense campaign by PETA India and work by MP Maneka Gandhi, Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) Dr GN Singh announced that testing cosmetics and their ingredients on animals will not be permitted in India. The landmark announcement was made during the Bureau of Indian Standards PCD 19 Cosmetics Sectional Committee meeting, on which PETA India’s science policy advisor, Dr Chaitanya Koduri, has an official seat. Earlier this week, Dr Koduri had held a private meeting with Dr Singh urging him to stop animal tests for cosmetics. As a result, a decision was made to remove the last remaining animal test from IS 4011:1997 Methods of test for safety evaluation of cosmetics.

PETA India’s campaign has received support from high places. Congress President Smt Sonia Gandhi recently urged the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare to consider PETA India’s request for a ban on the testing of cosmetics and their ingredients through the National Advisory Council Office, while senior leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Lal Krishna Advani had sought the same through his office. Santosh Chowdhury, the newly appointed Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare; Dr Mirza Mehboob, former Cabinet Minister of Health, Medical Education and Family Welfare for the government of Jammu and Kashmir; and Yashodhara Raje Scindia, former Minister for Tourism, Sports and Youth Welfare for the government of Madhya Pradesh had all sent strong appeals to the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare in favour of a total ban on the testing of cosmetics and their ingredients on animals. Mehboob is also a medical practitioner who did his MBBS at Srinagar Medical College in Jammu and Kashmir. MP Maneka Gandhi has been working closely with PETA India’s science policy advisor, Dr Chaitanya Koduri, to push for a ban.

Multinational companies The Body Shop and LUSH as well as Indian companies Trumount Cosmoceuticals, Future Skin, Omved Lifestyle and Shahnaz Husain and others had also written to the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare in full support of a ban after hearing from PETA. The Washington DC-based Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and officials from the Indian Council of Medical Research, the Mahatma Gandhi–Doerenkamp Center for Alternatives to Use of Animals in Life Science Education and the Animal Welfare Board of India, a statutory advisory body, had also all expressed support for the ban.

In 2012, the cast and crew of Farah Khan’s Joker, directed by Shirish Kunder and starring Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha and Chitrangda Singh, had joined PETA in urging the government to ban cosmetic testing on animals. Chitrangda posed on behalf of PETA and Joker with the aliens from the film for the campaign. The ad was shot by ace photographer Atul Kasbekar.

DCGI’s announcement comes in the wake of the European Union’s and Israel’s bans on the testing of cosmetics products and their ingredients on animals, which includes a ban on sales of animal-tested cosmetics, regardless of where those tests were conducted. Israel has also banned the testing of household products and their ingredients on animals as well as the sale of such products if they have been tested on animals. Household products include cleaners and detergents. PETA India is also campaigning for an end to the testing of household products and their ingredients on animals in India.

Please note, however, that at present, cosmetics and personal-care products tested on animals can still be sold in India. Please do check PETA’s list of companies that do not test on animals before you go shopping.

PETA is now working to urge the Indian government to implement a legislative ban and to ban the sale of all animal-tested cosmetics and household products.

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  • Please STOP animal testing!!! I am 100% sure there a many different ways to run your tests!!! Animals can feel the pain!! This is evil!! God did not bring animals to this world to be hurt this way!!! No reason or need to torture them!!! This is horrible!!

  • Anna D.

    Stop these disgusting, inhumane acts that ‘s been going on for decades NOW! It’s just NOT right!

  • Ridiculous!! I spend at least 500 a month on cosmetics…but not ones that test

  • Good for you letting animals have rights they are innocent creatures GOOD FOR YOU

  • Tyrone

    Stop this outrage against defenseless animals.

  • Agree with your words. Hope you can keep update your post.

  • Monica

    PLEASE STOP ANIMAL TESTING. I’VE BEEN WATCHING SEVERAL VIDEOS ABOUT DOGS, BUNNIES, MONKEYS….THIS IS CRUEL, THEY SUFFER AND LIVE MISERABLE LIVES. THERE ARE OTHER WAYS….. AND COMPASSION IS SOMETHING THAT WE AS HUMANS HAVE TO IMPROVE.

  • Muhammad

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  • AMY CURTIS

    END ANIMAL CRUELTY. WE HAVE OTHER OPTIONS NOW! WE ARE IN THE YEAR 2013!

  • Angie Baumer

    HOW BOUT IF WE EXPERIMENT ON THE PEOPLE’S EYES THAT ARE DOING THIS HORRENDOUS THING TO RABBITS.

  • Cm

    I agree, look into the eyes of an animal and they too have a soul! How would people feel if someone took control of there lives and stopped them from living the life they were born to live and constantly took things from you?? An animal hurts just like we do, they feel pain and have emotions like we do. Its unnecessary and its not relevant to do this, we can have products that arnt animal tested and are perfectly safe. THIS NEEDS TO STOP EVERYWHERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Patricia Judith Sandoval Serrano

    alto al abuso y maltrato hacia nuestros bellos animales! la ciencia hoy en dia esta tan avanzada, que ya se puede utilizar otro método para hacer experimentos, además suena ilógico, si quieres experimentar y ver resultado para un humano, porque experimentar en animales ???? utilicen cadáveres humanos para hacerlo! no mas sacrificio estúpido en contra de los animales! basta ya!

  • Golden Heart

    Animals are also “Human” like us. Please stop these kinds of nonsense and give a change to our sweet animal friends to live their life in their own style

  • Sara

    PLEASE stop animal testing they only need love and they would never test nothing on you they need to be free look in their eyes they have your same soul….

  • Yvonne Straube

    It must stop NOW!!!!

  • Chander Kumar Soni

    thanks.
    so cute bunney.

  • Silvia

    stop animals testing!

  • Arti

    This is a landmark step!

  • Dipanwita Saha

    Thanks, Erika.

  • AnneMarie MICHEL

    Désolée ! je ne connais pas votre langue, mais je pense avoir compris qu’il s’agit d’expériences atroces en laboratoire sur d’adorables animaux. Toutes ces souffrances pour des cosmétiques… Merci de faire le nécessaire pour stopper ces traitements qui ne servent à rien.

  • Dixie Lee Howe

    Thank God! What a great step in the right direction! Thank you PETA India, etc. for all of your hard work!

  • Iffat

    It appalls me that in this day & age this is even an issue & we have to continue to fight for animals being using in cruel & frivolous cosmetic testing.
    PLEASE STOP!!!

  • Atiye

    love Animals

  • Alya Desi

    Animals don’t need cosmetics, so don’t use them for human luxury. Animals need freedom and natural habitats.

  • Victoria Bolotnikova

    Please, stop animal testing!!!!

  • Erika-G

    @Dipanwita Saha The DCGI said that animal testing for cosmetics and their ingredients will never be allowed in India again but cosmetics tested elsewhere can still be sold here. We are now working on a marketing ban like the one the EU and Israel already have in place. You can check out our cruelty-free list of companies on PETAIndia.com http://bit.ly/UGRjVQ to be sure.

  • Markova Daria

    ban on animal cosmetic testing

  • Dipanwita Saha

    How is this ban being implemented? How will I know that the companies that DO test on animals have stopped doing so? For example, if a Garnier shampoo is manufactured in India, does it mean that it is cruelty free? Please help me out, someone.
    Thanks.

  • Colleen

    stop this madness NOW. U have no rights to do this

  • Tina Rago

    Stop animal TESTING!!!!! There is NO reason to test on ANIMALS!!!!

  • Roro

    This is unfair to animals, to risk a living things life for cosmetics when there are so many other ways.

  • Lara Aguiar

    Stop animal’s testing!

  • Silvana

    NO TESTING ANIMALS!!!!!!!

  • CAROLLINA KORMANN

    uma grande conquista!!!

  • Erika-G

    @suzy The ban is effective. The DCGI said that animal testing for cosmetics and their ingredients will never be allowed in India again, but cosmetics tested elsewhere can still be sold here. Please check out the list of companies that do not test on PETAIndia.com – http://bit.ly/UGRjVQ on animals to be sure.

  • Erika-G

    @Ajay Rawat That’s great! You can sign up to our activist network http://bit.ly/e0ulAH, so that we can inform you of upcoming events in your area, new literature, urgent action alerts and breaking news. Thanks!

  • CARLOS

    DEJAR A LOS ANIMALES EN PAZ, COÑO

  • Vitthal Thakur

    Stop Animal Testing.

  • Andrea

    No animal cosmetic testing for human cosmetics!

  • Mi Jung Yang

    ban on animal cosmetic testing

  • Heather Marv

    If natural ingredients were used they wouldn’t hurt anybody and testing would be so unnecessary. I for one don’t want any products that have been tested on innocent animals.

  • Ronny Hartono

    stop this madness

  • Maria

    Please have a heart for the animals

  • Dorniece Stephen

    This is unfair to animals, they cant speak for themselves so im here to speak for them. Find another way, use death row prisoners or murders or rapest. Animals have right too.

  • Leyna Casey

    Can not believe this still goes on

  • Margaret Jones

    This is wonderful news and a sign that India is a modern. forward-thinking country.

  • Shinko Saito

    I love animals.

  • Shinko Saito

    I love animals. I hate animal testing.

  • Kira Alia Leeon

    I am so relieved that I cried. I can only hope that the same ban could be applied in Australia. My heart goes out to the suffering animals. Thank you PETA, India. Wonderful

  • Mark Osborne

    Well done to everyone who fought hard to end cosmetic testing on animals in India. Things really do need to improve to end cosmetic testing on animals worldwide. It is unneccesary and damn right cruel to put any living being through this sadistic testing for the sake of vanity purposes.

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