Government Planning To Ban The Import Of Cosmetics Tested On Animals

10 Sep 2014 | by | Posted in: Health


Testing the cosmetics is a brutal procedure done on animals to see whether the cosmetics are safe to be used on humans or not. This practice was banned by the government in India almost six months ago and now they are planning to ban the import of such products.
After speaking to the Economic Times, The Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said that the ban would be notified Drug and Cosmetics Act of 1945.

"The proposal just needs minister's nod. The file is with him and could be approved any day," said a senior health ministry official. The CEO of a top cosmetics firm said, "The impact will be huge since many firms will need to alter countries from where they import. IBHA is engaged in hectic lobbying with the ministry concerned."




The ban would be imposed on shampoos, makeup, fragrances, hair, nail and skin-care products. This is in response to the concerns raised by animal welfare organizations. However, this entire movement could also face strong opposition from the cosmetic brands.

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Cosmetics testing is carried out from six months to two years to see if there are any health risks involved. Animals are usually killed after the procedure. All 28 countries under EU have banned import and sale of such products.

Such a practice that promotes the cruelty on animals should be banned completely.
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