Target: Bureau of Indian Standards
Goal: Commend India for banning animal testing for cosmetics
On June 28, 2013, India’s Bureau of Indian Standards approved the removal of any mention of animal tests from its cosmetics standard. Its approval also requires mandatory non-animal tests. This means that pending testing or approval of a cosmetic, the manufacturer must go to India’s Central Drug Standards Control Organisation for approval. Only after approval is given, meaning that the Bureau of Indian Standards’ non-animal standards are met, is the company allowed to proceed with testing.
Animal testing is very cruel. In many cases, chemicals are tested on an animal’s skin or eyes to determine if the product burns. Animals are also often forced to swallow doses of toxic chemicals to determine the dose that kills them. The animals have no pain relief and live in deplorable conditions. After they have outlived their usefulness, animals are killed, often by asphyxiation or neck-breaking. Many times, at least in the United States, the animals, especially rats bred in the laboratory, are not counted in official statistics and therefore are not protected under the Animal Welfare Act.
The ban on animal testing comes after intense public campaigning and legislative advocacy by Humane Society International’s Be Cruelty-Free India campaign, including support from Indian Members of Parliament and State Assemblies. Indian Member of Parliament Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda said, “This is a great day for India and for the thousands of animals who will no longer suffer, yet more work must be done.” He calls for India’s government to go a step further by banning products tested on animals in other countries that are imported and sold in India. Humane Society International’s director of toxicology and research, Troy Seidle, says that India’s decision shows the ways to other countries still undecided about animal testing.
Dear Bureau of Indian Standards,
Thank you for banning animal testing for cosmetics. Animal testing is very cruel and inhumane. Banning animal testing is a wonderful and important step towards animal welfare, and I commend you for making this decision.
Please do not stop with just this step. Parliament member Baijayant “Jay” Panda said that more work must be done and calls for the government to ban products tested on animals in other countries from being imported. Continue to work on animal welfare issues and ban products tested on animals in other countries. Thank you for protecting India’s animals with this important decision to ban animal testing for cosmetics.
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