For Immediate Release:27 June 2012
Contact:Dr Chaitanya Koduri, Science Policy Advisor, PETA India +91 8767446083 (cell); ChaitanyaK@petaindia.orgGuru S Nair, Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee +91 9270092222 (cell); firstname.lastname@example.org
PETA and Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee Cultural Cell Vice Chair Hold Talks With Deputy Drug Controller
Delhi – This afternoon, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India Science Policy Advisor Dr Chaitanya Koduri and Guru S Nair of the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee held talks with the Deputy Drug Controller of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization, S Manivannan, regarding the possibility of a nationwide ban on the use of animals for testing cosmetics.
The talks were arranged by Nair in support of PETA's ongoing campaign against cosmetics testing on animals. Manivannan indicated a willingness on the part of the ministry to consider a proposal regarding a ban. Dr Koduri now intends to raise the issue in an upcoming meeting of the Bureau of Indian Standards Cosmetics Sectional Committee, PCD 19, of which he is a member. Dr Koduri is also seeking a meeting with the Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad.
A phased-in ban on the testing of cosmetics and their ingredients on animals is scheduled to take full effect in the EU in 2013, after which time cosmetics tested on animals, including those tested abroad, will not be sold in the EU. PETA's call for an end to the use of animals to test cosmetics has already gained an endorsement from the Indian Council of Medical Research.
"Testing cosmetics on animals is old-fashioned and unnecessary. It kills animals and does nothing to protect consumers", says Dr Koduri. "Today, there are human-relevant and humane non-animal methods of testing the safety of cosmetics. If the EU can ban cosmetics testing on animals, so can India."
More than 1,000 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.
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