India bans import of animal-tested cosmetics

Humane Society International/India is celebrating a “historic victory for animals” as India bans the import of animal-tested cosmetics.

“Coming just a few months after implementation of a national ban on cruel cosmetics testing in India’s labs, the import ban now makes India the first cruelty-free cosmetics zone in South Asia and an example for other nations to follow,” said Alokparna Sengupta of Humane Society International/India.

The ban comes in the form of Rule 135-B that states, “ No cosmetic that has been tested on animals after the commencement of Drugs and Cosmetics (Fifth Amendment) Rules, 2014 shall be imported into the country.” The notification will come into effect on November 13, 2014 (30 days from the date of notification).

Ms. Alokparna said: “This is a huge achievement that could not have been possible without the compassion of our government, consumers and industry. We feel confident that if this vision is applied to other areas of product testing, this can be a defining moment in the modernisation of India’s safety science, with potentially hundreds of thousands more animals spared of pain and suffering.”

Gauri Maulekhi, trustee, People for Animals, said: “India has shown outstanding leadership by so swiftly advancing first a ban on cosmetics animal testing and now a ban on animal-tested cosmetics imported from overseas. By working so diligently with the ‘Be Cruelty Free India’ campaign, our policy makers have put India on the map as a country transforming its laboratories and regulation from outdated test methods to state-of-the-art science. ”

Historic victory, says Humane Society International

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