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Historic Milestone Celebrated as India Finalises Cosmetics Animal Testing Ban

Effective today, animal testing for cosmetic products and ingredients is outlawed throughout India. India becomes South Asia’s first country to end cosmetics cruelty in its laboratories. Humane Society International/India welcomes this historic milestone. In a dual celebration, HSI also welcomed a draft notification introduced earlier this month proposing to ban the import of cosmetics tested on animals abroad. 

HSI/India’s high-profile Be Cruelty-Free campaign has been instrumental in convincing the Drug Controller General and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to end animal testing for cosmetics. More than 30 members of parliament, legislative assemblies and legislative councils have shown their support for Be Cruelty-Free. Led by Mrs. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, policy makers including Shri Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda, Suresh Kumar Shetkar and Minister Shri Ramalinga Reddy have actively assisted this effort. Bollywood celebrities Anil Kapoor, Raveena Tandon and Kunal Kapoor have also joined the campaign.

Alokparna Sengupta, HSI’s Be Cruelty-Free India campaign manager, said: “This is a huge victory for animals in laboratories, our Be Cruelty-Free India campaign and the dozens of compassionate legislators who wrote to the Health Ministry on our behalf to push for change. India has taken a huge step forward in ethical consumerism and with the import ban notification too, we will soon be world leaders in ending cosmetics cruelty.” 

Full story from Humane Society International.

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