Target: Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India
Goal: Praise new cruelty-free cosmetics market in India
India has banned the import of all cosmetic products tested on animals in a landmark court decision, only three months after domestic animal testing was outlawed. This has made India the first country in South Asia to have a completely cruelty-free cosmetics market, following a similar move by European Union countries in 2013. The ban will make it illegal to import or sell any shampoos, makeup products, or beauty lotions that have been tested on animals.
In many countries, animals such as rabbits, mice, and guinea pigs still undergo painful and sometimes deadly tests developed nearly a century ago. These tests include eye and skin corrosion tests, in which the animals are restrained while chemicals are placed on their eyes or shaved skin. Exposure to these chemicals can cause blisters, bleeding, or even blindness. Another test is an acute toxicity test, which forces animals to ingest or breathe a chemical until half are dead in order to determine how harmful substances are. Neither of these tests are a completely reliable way of predicting whether the chemicals are harmful to humans.
In modern times, there are many effective and cruelty-free alternatives to testing cosmetics on animals. In a few short months, India has managed to free its market completely of animal-tested products, effectively forcing thousands of companies to reconsider their testing methods. Sign the petition below to commend the country for its quick work in outlawing cruel cosmetics.
Dear Prime Minister Modi,
Only a few months after banning domestic testing on animals, India has also banned the import of animal-tested cosmetics. This ban makes India the first country in South Asia to have a cruelty-free cosmetics market, following in the footsteps of Israel and the European Union.
Testing cosmetics on animals can be harmful and even deadly, causing skin irritation, bleeding lesions, blisters, and even blindness. These tests are not completely effective, as many chemicals deemed safe for animals have proven unsafe during human trials.
Modern equipment such as high-tech computer simulations provide safe and effective alternatives to animal testing. By outlawing animal-tested cosmetics, India has succeeded in forcing companies to consider alternatives to these cruel tests. We, the undersigned, praise India’s adoption of a completely cruelty-free cosmetics market.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals via Creative Commons