India’s Guilt-Free Makeup: Testing Cosmetics on Animals Banned
ANIMAL RIGHTS - VEGETARIANISM, 1 Jul 2013
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.”
DISCLAIMER: The statements, views and opinions expressed in pieces republished here are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily represent those of TMS. In accordance with title 17 U.S.C. section 107, this material is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. TMS has no affiliation whatsoever with the originator of this article nor is TMS endorsed or sponsored by the originator. “GO TO ORIGINAL” links are provided as a convenience to our readers and allow for verification of authenticity. However, as originating pages are often updated by their originating host sites, the versions posted may not match the versions our readers view when clicking the “GO TO ORIGINAL” links. This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a ‘fair use’ of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond ‘fair use’, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
Click here to go to the current weekly digest or pick another article:
ANIMAL RIGHTS - VEGETARIANISM: