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Cosmetic Tests on Animals Removed by BIS

Written by PETA

Posted 06-28-2013, 05:17 PM | 159 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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  • Tereza Cristina Rodrigues Marins

    Pare com os testes cruéis em animais inocentes, isso é cruel e desnecessário.

  • Barbara Nelson

    stop all animal abuse

  • Micky

    ohhh that is so great ..now we need the other countries to follow

  • Tiphanie

    Please stop using cosmetics on animals, there are no puppets! Please treat them with love and respect! Thank you for them!

  • Silvana

    save animals!!! dont be killers!!

  • Ami Jambusaria

    Please stop animal testing.

  • Corina R

    Kudos, India! And thank you PETA India, for fighting so hard to accomplish this! Another milestone in animal welfare worldwide! 😀

  • Virginia Abreu De Paula

    I am so happy. Just hope other countries follow this wonderful example from India.

  • Joanne Groshardt

    save the bunnies

  • Mychelle

    Free animals

  • Kathi Johnston

    Thank you all for all your hard work, I am so grateful for thus victory thank you ,India u rock. I just wanted to add there are a number of scriptures in the Bible referring to animals how close they are to us, God is the created of life which is are animals too,Try for prayers they are heard. Kathi J

  • Ethel

    I FIRMLY BELIEVE THAT TESTING COSMETICS AND OTHER CRUEL PRACTICES ON ANY ANIMAL IS SHAMEFUL FOR ANY COUNTRIES THAT PRACTICE THIS ON ANY ANIMAL

  • Roz Goldstein`

    Finally there is an end to the bruality and cruelness we have inflicted on animals all these years.. Thank you to everyone who helped to make this happen

  • Ldrboyle

    Very cruel and inhumane to experiment on animals! Has to stop!

  • Liu Wai Ling

    Please DCG ends Cosmetic testing on animals immediately. It is important and necessary ban in the country. The testing for animals is cruelty and inhumane. It was wrong and not fair. give them love and health, respect and responsible a life.

  • Dove

    Peta, what wonderful news. I have sent a number of emails to different companies. Thank you for the information, Sincerely, Dove.

  • Andi Shotwell

    No more testing on animals!

  • Naomi Yokoyama

    It is sin to hurt animals for products we use. Grow up humans. I do not use any products that test on poor animals.

  • Bruno

    Protect life! Animals have the same right to live as us. Would you test cosmetics in your children?

  • Gail Colby

    It is crazy to use animals, which is cruelty, so women can put makeup on? Don’t you think it is a bit vain for women and greedy for you. Cruely to animals for profit.

  • Angel Reed

    Thank you, India!!! You just made the world a better place!!

  • Viviana Geurten

    Please sign and stop this !

  • Marisel Estevez

    Thank you India!!

  • Laura Briskman-Ferguson

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! This is tremendous and I do mean tremendous! What a sigh of relief. Thank you India and thank you Ms. Sonya Gandi! You can”t even begin to imagine how many poor souls have had their lives saved from torture and torment! Kudos to you!

  • IOLANA FACCIOLI

    Chega de testes em animais!!!

  • Antonio Caprari

    Fantastic news. Well done PETA & India. Come on USA, it’s your turn.

  • Jean

    Thankful for this. There is no need to test on animals. Get people to test the products!

  • Deborah O'Shaughnessy

    It is totally wrong to use animals for human gain.

  • Debbi

    thank you so much for doing what is right–bless you

  • N Dattani

    Please stop this cruel act. WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE TESTED ON!

  • Cathy Lape

    The United States should be ashamed. Congratulations to India!!

  • Dana

    Multinational companies The Body Shop and LUSH as well as Indian companies such as Omved Lifestyle, Shahnaz Husain and others had also written to the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare in full support of a ban after hearing from PETA. 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. 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.

  • Valeria Arie'

    We are they voces

  • Patti Smith

    Please STOP

  • Claudia Hartwig

    My family, friends and me only use animaltesting free cosmetics!

  • DEBERA DELGATTO

    Bravo, it’s about time, all countries should follow, no need for this barbaric cruelty, use technology instead of abuse.

  • John Tyson

    Bravo! Thank you all for the marvelous, compassionate work. The world is becoming a kinder place thanks to you.

  • Sanchita

    Fantastic! Something good at last in this country.

  • Donna D'Ambrosio

    Seriously can’t you do this another way than to torture the lives of these innocent creatures?

  • Maria Dimaio

    no animal should be used for ANY TESTING FOR ANY KIND thats just WRONG !!!!!!!!!!

  • Subhor Dubey

    Awesome! Congratulations and many thanks to PETA INDIA and MP Maneka Gandhi for the ban. That’s just another reason I am your fan! :)

  • Laura Moran

    This is only one step in this and many more countries. Let’s now start in the United States. There’s alot of work to be done.

  • Vlasta Bachmannova

    Ends cosmetic testing on animals

  • Ajay Rawat

    It is a really good news…I also want to do Work For the Animals, But I didn’t found the Way, Please Help if You could…

  • Nadine

    I will only purchase products that are cruelty-free. Ban animal cosmetic testing!! It’s the right thing to do.

  • Lukas Cech

    Awesome work guys! :)

  • Amy Nguyen

    STOP testing on animals. STOP STOP STOP

  • Marla Pridemore

    Against any testing of cosmetics on animals.

  • Fabianne Maia

    stop this cruelty!! NOW

  • Miss Emma Margaret Owens

    Finally the whole WORLD is waking up – India I applaud you!!! Well done to all the fantastic people involved in this…I respect you wholeheartedly X AMAZING.

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