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May 9, 2013

Jaipur Mayor Supports HSI/India’s Be Cruelty-Free Campaign, Urges Health Ministry to Ban Import of Animal-Tested Cosmetics

Humane Society International/India

  • Jyoti Khandelwal supports HSI by writing to the Health Ministry. Jaipur Municipal Corporation

JAIPUR—In a letter to Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Jaipur Mayor Smt. Jyoti Khandelwal calls on India’s government to end the import and sale of cosmetics newly tested on animals in support of Humane Society International/India’s Be Cruelty-Free campaign.

Khandelwal’s letter praises India’s move toward a nationwide ban on animal testing for cosmetics, but contends that a domestic testing ban alone: “… does not prevent companies from outsourcing animal testing to other countries and then importing their newly animal tested products or ingredients back into India.” Thus, it is also necessary for India to ban the import and sale of any cosmetic product or formulation subject to new animal testing, Khandelwal notes. 

Alokparna Sengupta, HSI/India’s Be Cruelty-Free campaign manager, said: “Humane Society International is committed to seeing India become the next major cruelty-free cosmetics zone. We applaud the Drug Controller General for his support in ending animal testing for cosmetics within India, and are extremely grateful to Mayor Khandelwal for her leadership in pressing the government to also ban the import and sale of cosmetics that have been subject to new animal testing anywhere in the world.”

The Be Cruelty-Free campaign is part of Humane Society International’s consumer, legislative, corporate and scientific initiative to end animal testing of cosmetics worldwide. Be Cruelty-Free has been launched in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Europe, India, New Zealand, South Korea and Russia, and in the United States is spearheaded by HSI’s sister organisation, The Humane Society of the United States.

Show your support for an end to animal testing for cosmetics in India and worldwide, by signing a Be Cruelty-Free pledge today or giving a missed call to 080-4931-1223.

ENDS

NOTES TO EDITOR:

The term “cruelty-free cosmetics” refers to cosmetics products, formulations and ingredients that have not been tested on animals after a specified date because on that date they were already considered safe to use for cosmetic purposes. This does not mean the ingredients, formulations or products were not tested on animals in the past.

Media contact: Alokparna Sengupta, +91 98-49-094113, asengupta@hsi.org

Humane Society International/India and its partner organisations together constitute one of the world's largest animal protection organisations. For more than 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/becrueltyfreeindia.

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