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New draft rule to ban animal testing for cosmetics in India

Jan 23, 2014

Humane Society International-India has applauded health ministry draft rule to ban animal testing for cosmetics.

New Delhi: A draft Union Health Ministry rule to prohibit the testing of cosmetics on animals nation-wide has been warmly received by leading animal welfare group Humane Society International-India. HSI’s ‘Be Cruelty-Free’ campaign was instrumental in achieving this legislative measure, and has reiterated its call for India to use this rule making to further ban on the import and sale of cosmetics tested on animals in other parts of the world.

The Health Ministry’s new rules mark the beginning of the end of cosmetics animal cruelty in Indian labs, which is cause for celebration, but companies are still free to outsource their animal testing to other countries and then import newly animal-tested cosmetics and ingredients back into India. To prevent this from happening, India must also ban the import and sale of cosmetic products and ingredients that have been newly animal tested anywhere in the world. Israel and 28 countries in the European Union have already done this, and India should follow their example to be fully cruelty-free.

India’s Drug Technical Advisory Board has also spoken out in favour of an import and sales ban. The official minutes of the DTAB meeting on 25th November, which acknowledge HSI's campaign leadership, read: “The Board noted that the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is already in the process of prohibiting the use of animals in testing of cosmetics manufactured in the country. India should therefore take a lead in prohibiting the import of cosmetics testing in animals also.”

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