Target: Dr. GN Singh, Drug Controller General of India
Goal: Cease all animal testing in India
During the recent Bureau of Indian Standards PCD 19 Cosmetics Sectional Committee meeting, Dr. GN Singh, the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI), announced that India would stop using animal testing within its cosmetics industry. This announcement came soon after news that the European Union and Israel had enacted bans on cosmetics testing on animals. In addition to being influenced by the European’s Union and Israel’s decisions, the DCGI was heavily persuaded by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) campaign directed toward the country. This campaign was supported by a number of businesses and high-ranking officials, including The Body Shop, LUSH, and Congress President Smt, Sonia Gandhi. Other supporters included Indian company Trumount Cosmoceuticals, the Indian Council of Medical Research, and the Animal Welfare Board of India. Although the new ban helps protect many of the country’s animals, animal testing is still allowed and used in other industries. Ending cosmetics animal testing was a step in the right direction, but in order to truly create change, all animal testing must be banned.
Animal testing usually includes inserting chemicals into rabbits’ and other animals’ eyes, applying chemicals to their chafed skin, and forcing chemicals down their throats. These animals are exposed to substances that may or may not be poisonous. Allowing any type of animal testing to continue is in direct opposition to the purpose of the ban. If animal testing is deemed unnecessary for one industry, then it is also unnecessary for a related industry. Already, Israel has banned animal testing for household products. By signing the petition below, you will help urge the DCGI to ban animal testing within the household products industry.
Dear Dr. GN Singh,
Your decision to ban animal testing within the cosmetics industry is highly commendable. Many high-ranking officials, and both international and Indian companies, support this decision. However, although this ban is a step in the right direction, more can be done to protect the animals in your country.
Other countries, like Israel, have banned animal testing within not only the cosmetics industry, but the household products industry as well. There is no reason why India cannot do the same. The large amount of support shown from the new ban proves that similar bans will likely be equally supported. We are urging you to complete the positive change you have initiated, and ban all animal testing within your country.
[Your Name Here]
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