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PETA Wins Lush Cosmetics Company Prize for Its Work to Stop Cosmetics Testing on Animals

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For Immediate Release:
20 November 2012

Contact:
Benazir Suraiya +91 9004547382; BenazirS@petaindia.org
Chaitanya Koduri +91 8767446083; ChaitanyaK@petaindia.org

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Mumbai – Lush Cosmetics has announced the winners of the first-ever global Lush Prize to help bring an end to animal testing and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India is one of the winners for its work with Indian regulators to ban cosmetics testing on animals. Lush – an international cosmetics company with more than 700 stores and operations in more than 40 countries – granted PETA the prize of 5,000 British pounds in the Lobbying category. That's because PETA has worked to modernize product testing by working with the Bureau of Indian Standards and persuading its relevant committees to accept non-animal methods approved by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in place of animal tests, including a non-animal skin-sensitisation test. The organisation was also recognised for its efforts to encourage the Indian Ministry of Health & Family Welfare to consider a complete ban on cosmetics testing on animals. Lush Cosmetics has stores in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune.

"PETA India is grateful to Lush for supporting us in our efforts to bring painful and unreliable cosmetics testing on animals to an end", says PETA India's science policy adviser, Dr Chaitanya Koduri. "Not only blinding and injuring rabbits and other animals to test lipstick and mascara in the 21st century cruel it's also bad science."

The EU's phased ban on the testing of cosmetics and their ingredients on animals is scheduled to take full effect in 2013. PETA is calling on the Indian government to base its ban on the EU model. PETA's call for an end to cosmetics tests on animals has also gained support from the Indian Council of Medical Research. 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 onto 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.

None of Lush's products or ingredients are tested on animals, and vegan items (products that contain no animal-based ingredients) are conveniently marked with a bright green "V".

PETA's correspondence with Lush is available upon request. For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com and LushPrize.org.

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