For Immediate Release:
1 October 2012
Group Protests Archaic Animal Tests for Cosmetics
Jaipur – Just before World Animal Day (4 October), members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India and People for Animal Liberation will dress as giant bunnies and hold signs that read, “Love Me – Choose Cruelty-Free Cosmetics”, to protest against the use of rabbits and other animals in painful, archaic cosmetics tests and to encourage consumers to buy only cosmetics that have not been tested on animals. A list of cruelty-free cosmetics companies can be found at PETAIndia.com.
Where: On the pavement at Gandhi Circle, JLN Marg, Jaipur, Rajasthan
When: Wednesday, 3 October, 12 noon
“Testing cosmetics on animals causes enormous suffering, is completely unnecessary and must be banned”, says PETA India campaigner Chani Singh. “With so many top-quality, cruelty-free products to choose from, consumers have no reason to buy from companies that still blind rabbits and poison mice.”
Starting in 2009, the European Union began implementing a gradual ban on the testing of cosmetics and their ingredients on animals. The ban – which is scheduled to take full effect in 2013 – also prohibits the marketing of cosmetics products that were tested on animals outside the EU. PETA is calling on the Indian government to implement a ban based on the EU model. PETA India’s request to ban cosmetics testing on animals has already gained support from the Indian Council of Medical Research.
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 1,000 companies around the world have banned all animal tests.
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.