Monday, 7 July 2014


I am excited to announce that effective today, animal testing for cosmetic products and ingredients is outlawed throughout India. Humane Society International/India welcomes this historic milestone in its Be Cruelty-Freecampaign. In a dual celebration, HSI also welcomed the introduction of a draft notification proposing to ban the import and sale of cosmetics tested on animals abroad a couple of weeks ago.

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, the Be Cruelty-Free campaign and the dozens of legislators who wrote to the Health Ministry regarding this.We are thankful to Dr.G N Singh , Drug Controller General (India) who made this happen.India has taken a step forward in ethical consumerism and with the notification, will lead the world towards it too.”

The test ban was finalised when the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules (Second Amendment) 2014 was notified through Gazette no: 346 (E), following completion of a 45 day public consultation. The Import ban proposal has been introduced by the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare which has already begun public consultation.

India’s test ban victory and import ban proposal is the latest in a string of achievements for the Be Cruelty-Freecampaign globally. In January Be Cruelty-Free Brazil welcomed the state of Sao Paulo introducing a ban on cosmetics animal testing, while in March Be Cruelty-Free Australia and Be Cruelty-Free USA both celebrated the introduction of draft test and sale ban legislation. That same month, Be Cruelty-Free New Zealand announced that Parliament would debate a cosmetics animal test ban as part of the country’s animal welfare legislation review.

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