Government Expected to Ban Import of Cosmetics Tested on Animals

For Immediate Release:
12 May 2014

Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]
Dr Chaitanya Koduri; [email protected]

Groundbreaking Amendment Would Place India Among Nations That Have Rejected Cruel and Deadly Cosmetics Tests

New Delhi – Animal tests for cosmetics have been removed from the list of testing requirements by the Bureau of Indian Standards Cosmetics Sectional Committee (PCD 19), but foreign manufactures that test their cosmetics on animals outside India are still selling their vile products here. Now, following efforts by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, MP Maneka Gandhi and others, the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has published a draft notification to amend the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945, in order to ban the import of cosmetics that have been tested on animals anywhere in the world.

Raveena Tandon-Thadani, Jacqueline Fernandez, Dia Mirza, R Madhavan, Rahul Khanna, Sunny Leone, Pooja Bhatt, Lara Dutta, Trisha Krishnan, Dino Morea, Esha Deol-Takhtani and other stars previously petitioned the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to end the import of cosmetics and household products tested on animals after learning about the issue from PETA India.

If introduced into the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, the new rule would state, “135-B. Import of cosmetics tested on animals prohibited.—No cosmetic tested on animals shall be imported”.

The scientifically sound and humane decision would bring India in line with Israel and the European Union, which already have such a ban.

“Testing cosmetics on animals is archaic and unnecessary”, says PETA India Science Policy Adviser Dr Chaitanya Koduri, who, through his official seat on the Bureau of Indian Standards PCD 19, helped get animal tests removed from the safety standards for cosmetics. “Today, we have superior, human-relevant, non-animal methods to test the safety of cosmetics. If foreign cosmetics makers want to sell their wares here, they should have to use non-animal tests, just as the European Union and Israel require.”

To support the draft ban, the public may send comments to the Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi 110 011.

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