PETA Continues Push for Ban on Animal Tests for Consumer Products
Delhi — After an extensive PETA campaign with help from MP Maneka Gandhi and push by others—the drugs technical advisory board which operates under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in their 65th meeting held on 25 November 2013 recommended that a suitable provision may be added under the Drugs & Cosmetics Rules to prohibit the import of cosmetics tested on animals abroad. This decision comes on the heels of recently enacted bans on the import, marketing and sale of cosmetics and their ingredients tested on animals in the European Union and Israel and a recent decision to remove animal tests for cosmetics in the Bureau of Indian Standard which prepare standards for cosmetics ((IS 4011:1997-Method of Test for Safety Evaluation of Cosmetics).
“We commend DTAB for their recommendation which can only mean good things for animals, and good things for science. Compliance with international standards can help ensure cruel and outdated animal tests for lipstick and eye-shadow become history around the globe,” says PETA India’s science policy adviser, Dr Chaitanya Koduri, who holds an official seat on India’s Cosmetics Sectional Committee. “PETA India looks forward to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare officially bringing in a ban on cosmetics tested on animals abroad and working with the government on the next step: a ban on animal testing of household products such as floor cleaners, and the marketing and sale of household products that have been tested on animals in India.”
During cosmetics tests, harsh chemicals may be dripped into rabbits’ eyes, smeared onto animals’ abraded skin, or forced down their throats. More than 1,200 companies around the world—including LUSH and The Body Shop as well as Indian companies Trumount Cosmoceuticals, Future Skin, Omved Lifestyle and Shahnaz Husain and others—have joined PETA’s list of companies that use only modern and reliable non-animal tests for their products.
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