India’s Guilt-Free Makeup: Testing Cosmetics on Animals Banned


Janani Sampath – The Times of India

It may be just the first step, but it certainly has brought smiles to the faces of animal right activists. The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) on Friday [28 June 2013] approved the removal of animal tests from the country’s cosmetics standard.

India becomes the first country in Southeast Asia to end the practice, thanks to the efforts of Humane Society International that joined hands with Blue Cross and Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organizations (FIAPO) to conduct a campaign which had members from various quarters lending their voice against animal testing.

“It is definitely a victory, but the fight won’t stop until animal testing is prohibited in every sector,” said Arpan Sharma of FIAPO. “When there are several cruelty-free methods of testing in the market nowadays there is no justification for animal testing. This is a great first step but we need to go further and make sure the government bans cosmetics products that are tested on animals abroad and then imported and sold here,” he said.

Animal Welfare Board of India vice-chairman S Chinni Krishna said the ban would end the pain of countless animals. “Animal testing was done by companies mainly to escape law suits. Testing was done mainly on rats, guinea pigs and rabbits and one cannot describe the trauma and abuse these animals undergo in the labs. They are force-fed drugs to check for side effects until they choke and die,” said Krishna who is also a member of the Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experiments on Animals (CPCSEA).

Recalling how she rescued her pet beagle from a testing lab in Bangalore, Chinthana Gopinath, an animal rights activist, said “it would be great if animal testing was banned in the pharmaceutical sector as well.”

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