Kick actor Jacqueline Fernandez is hoping to urge Health Minister Harsh Vardhan to have a heart for animals by appealing to his taste buds. That’s why she has sent him a bunny-shaped vegan cake with the words “Be Sweet to Bunnies – Ban Animal-Tested Products” written on it in tasty icing, along with a letter.
Jacqueline, who is vegan, was delighted to learn that after banning the testing of cosmetics and their ingredients on animals, the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare is now considering an amendment to The Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945, to include a ban on the import and sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals anywhere in the world.
If introduced into The Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945, the new rule could state, “135-B. Import of cosmetics tested on animals prohibited. – No cosmetic tested on animals shall be imported“. A decision to ban the import and sale of cosmetics if they or their ingredients have been tested on animals would bring India in line with the European Union and Israel, which have already passed similar bans.
After learning about the issue from PETA India, many other stars – including Raveena Tandon-Thadani, R Madhavan, Rahul Khanna, Sunny Leone, Pooja Bhatt, Lara Dutta Bhupathi, Trisha Krishnan, Dino Morea and Esha Deol-Takhtani – petitioned the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and also asked it to introduce such a ban.
Please take a moment to let authorities know that you want animal-tested cosmetics off store shelves.