India Bans Animal Testing [News]
30 May 2014
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India has truly reached a consequential milestone when it officially banned animal testing for cosmetic products throughout the nation. Furthermore, this comes as a first for any South Asian country by ending laboratory testing of animals for cosmetics.
This amazing feat was accomplished with the help of Humane Society International ’s ‘Be Cruelty-Free’ campaign in India which was quite a high profile one. HSI was able to convince the Drug Controller General and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to ban testing for cosmetics on animals. It was reassuring to know that members of parliament and legislative councils showed support for the campaign. Even Bollywood celebrities like Anil Kapoor and Raveena Tandon fully backed the campaign.
A 45 day test ban was conducted after which the ban was officially finalised. An import ban proposal has also been introduced by the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare which under consultation and is expected to be passed.
The Be Cruelty-Free campaign has been doing really well in other countries too. We at DogSpot fully support this campaign and wish to see further improvements in the state of animal testing in laboratories.
Do you have more such success stories? We'd love to know.