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Multinational Companies, Government Advisory Body, Scientists Join PETA's Campaign to End Cosmetics Testing on Animals

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For Immediate Release:
4 December 2012

Contact:
Dr Chaitanya Koduri +91 8767446083; ChaitanyaK@petaindia.org
Sachin Bangera +91 9820122561; SachinB@petaindia.org

PETA Calls on Health Ministry to Switch to Humane, Modern Methods

Delhi – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India's intensive campaign to get the central government to ban archaic, painful and deadly animal tests for cosmetics and their ingredients is gaining support in high places. That's because multinational companies The Body Shop and LUSH as well as Indian companies such as Omved Lifestyle, Shahnaz Husain and others have all written to the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare in full support of PETA's proposed ban. 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, have all expressed support for the ban.

"We believe that the writing is on the wall: the days of poisoning animals in cosmetics tests that do nothing to protect consumers are numbered", says PETA India's science policy adviser, Dr Chaitanya Koduri. "Today, there are human-relevant, non-animal methods for testing the safety of cosmetics. If the EU can ban cosmetics testing on animals, so can India."

A phased-in ban on testing 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.

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 dripped into their eyes, smeared on their abraded 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.

The Body Shop has more than 2,700 shops in 50-plus countries. LUSH operates more than 700 shops in 40-plus countries. For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.

Letters from the organisations mentioned above are available from PETA upon request.

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