Giant ‘Tested-on Rabbit’ with Ulcerated Eyes to Urge Health Ministry to Ban Sales of Animal-Tested Cosmetics

For Immediate Release:

17 September 2014


Chaitanya Koduri; [email protected]

Sachin Bangera; [email protected]

Government Must Stop Dragging Its Feet, Says PETA

New Delhi – Ramping up pressure on the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) to ban the importation and sale of animal-tested cosmetics, PETA’s giant “tested-on rabbit” – whose red, ulcerated eyes and burnt skin resemble those of cosmetics-testing victims – will protest near India Gate on Thursday.

Animal tests for cosmetics and their ingredients were banned in India earlier this year, but foreign manufacturers that test their cosmetics on animals in other countries are still allowed to sell their products in India. In May, the MoHFW published a draft notification to amend the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945, to include a ban on the importation of cosmetics tested on animals, but it has yet to be passed. PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on” – points out that while the MoHFW drags its feet on passing the ban, animals continue to suffer in cruel tests. The European Union and Israel have already passed life-saving bans on sales of animal-tested cosmetics.

When:             Thursday, 18 September, 12 pm sharp

Where:           In the garden next to India Gate towards Rajpath Road, New Delhi 110 001

“Blinding bunnies for shampoo, mascara and other ‘beauty’ products is an ugly business – and with the superior, human-relevant non-animal testing methods available today, it’s also totally unnecessary”, says PETA Science Policy Adviser Dr Chaitanya Koduri. “It’s time for India to show companies that still test on animals that their vile products aren’t welcome here.”

Despite the availability of non-animal tests and ingredients that are known to be safe, many companies still choose to subject animals to painful experiments in which substances are dripped into their eyes, 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. More than 1,500 companies around the world have banned all animal testing. The Drugs Technical Advisory Board under the MoHFW has also recommended that there be a ban on the importation of cosmetics tested on animals.

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