‘Rabbits’ To Government: Ban Sale Of Animal Tested Products

For Immediate Release:

17 April 2014


Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]

Dr Chaitanya Koduri; [email protected]

Follow the Lead of Europe and Israel, Says PETA

New Delhi – World Week for Animals in Laboratories (20 to 26 April) is coming up, and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India’s “bloodied rabbits” – PETA supporters in rabbit costumes – will urge the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to ban the marketing and sale of animal tested cosmetics and household products (like cleaners and soaps) in the lead up to it. Such a move would place India in line with the European Union, which has banned the sale of all animal-tested cosmetics, and Israel, which has banned the sale of all cosmetics and household products that are tested on animals.

When:             Friday, 18 April, 12 noon

Where:           In the amphitheatre inside the Central Park, Connaught Place, New Delhi 110001 (The main gate of the Central Park is opposite to Gate 6 of Rajiv Chowk Metro Station.)

“The testing standards for cosmetics and household products in India no longer include animal tests, so why should animal-tested cosmetics and household products be sold here?” asks PETA India Science Policy Adviser Dr Chaitanya Koduri. “Consumers want to be confident that the products they are buying did not blind rabbits or poison mice.”

The Bureau of Indian Standards committees that determine what tests are required for cosmetics and household products have removed animal tests from the relevant standards. The Drugs Technical Advisory Board under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has also recommended that there should be a ban on the import of cosmetics tested on animals.

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 1,300 companies around the world have banned all animal tests.

For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.