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October 25, 2012

FIAPO Joins Forces with HSI's Be Cruelty-Free Campaign to End Cosmetics Animal Testing in India

Humane Society International/India

  • The Be Cruelty-Free campaign aims to end animal testing for beauty products. iStock

NEW DELHI — Humane Society International is delighted that the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations has become a formal partner of its Be Cruelty-Free campaign to end animal testing for cosmetics in India. FIAPO is a national collective of animal protection organisations in India and includes groups such as the Blue Cross of Hyderabad and CUPA in Bangalore.

"FIAPO is thrilled to be a part of Humane Society International’s Be Cruelty-Free campaign to end animal testing for beauty products," said FIAPO Chief Executive Arpan Sharma. "Statistics on animal testing in India are unclear, so whilst we do not know how many poor creatures are being used to test cosmetics, we do know they are suffering unnecessarily because India has yet to fully utilise available non-animal alternatives. Humane methods of testing are at the forefront of modern science and together with Humane Society International, we look forward to the Be Cruelty-Free campaign encouraging India’s laboratories to embrace these advanced methods and to India’s laws mandating their use."

FIAPO has identified safety (toxicity) testing as a priority area of work, so joining forces with HSI to tackle cosmetics cruelty is a logical campaign fit. Together FIAPO and HSI will raise consumer awareness of cruelty-free cosmetics and lobby India’s policy makers to bring about a change in the law. Be Cruelty-Free is a global campaign running across several parts of Asia, Europe, North and South America, Australia and beyond.

"Humane Society International’s Be Cruelty-Free campaign will be greatly strengthened by our alliance with FIAPO," explains N.G. Jayasimha, India director for HSI. "While we have much work to do, we know that the Indian public cares very deeply about animal suffering and we hope that our lawmakers will join in our determination to make India a world leader in safety testing without animals."

To show your support for an end to animal testing for cosmetics in India and around the world, sign the Be Cruelty-Free pledge today.


Media contacts: HSI India: Alokparna Sengupta, +91 9849094113, asengupta@hsi.org; FIAPO: Arpan Sharma, +91 987187737, arpan@fiapo.org

Humane Society International and its partner organisations together constitute one of the world's largest animal protection organisations — backed by 11 million people. For nearly 20 years, HSI has been working for the protection of all animals through the use of science, advocacy, education and hands-on programmes. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty worldwide — on the Web at hsi.org/becrueltyfree.

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