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July 10, 2013

Bollywood Heartthrob Kunal Kapoor Uses His Last Telegram in India to Call for Import Ban of Animal-Tested Cosmetics

Humane Society International/India

  • Kunal Kapoor sent his last telegram to end cosmetics cruelty in India. CAAKWAN/HSI

MUMBAI—Bollywood film actor and heartthrob Kunal Kapoor bids goodbye to India's telegram service, which closes on 14 July, by using his final telegram to help animals in laboratories used for cosmetics testing. Kapoor mailed his last telegram in support of Humane Society International/India’s Be Cruelty-Free campaign, urging Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, to ban the import and sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals in other countries.

Following intensive campaigning by HSI/India and its partners, last month the Bureau of Indian Standards banned animal testing for cosmetics in India. HSI/India now wants to see the same ethical standard applied to cosmetic imports with a ban on beauty products that have been animal tested elsewhere. Such a change in the law would bring India in line with similar bans in Europe and Israel.

Kapoor wrote in his telegram: “Honourable Minister, I am so proud that India has banned the cruel and unnecessary practice of testing cosmetics on live animals. However, if we don’t allow such cruelty in our laboratories, we should not allow it on our shop shelves either. Please make India a cruelty-free cosmetics zone with an import ban on animal-tested cosmetics.”

The telegram is India’s oldest communication service, starting in February 1855. Its closure comes due to financial constraints as well as increased use of more modern forms of communication such as email and SMS.

Alokparna Sengupta, HSI/India's Be Cruelty-Free campaign manager, said: "We are grateful to Kunal Kapoor for standing up for animals in such a unique way. The telegram is being replaced by modern technology, just as the old-fashioned approach of animal testing is being replaced by non-animal science. We urge everyone to take part in bidding farewell to the telegram by going to their nearest post office and urging the Ministry to ban the import of cruel cosmetics. Stand up for animals with a last telegram.”

HSI's Be Cruelty-Free campaign is the largest-ever global effort to end animal testing for cosmetics with campaigns across Oceania, East Asia, Brazil, Russia and beyond.

ENDS

Media contacts:

HSI: Alokparna Sengupta, +91 9849094113, asengupta@hsi.org

For Kunal Kapoor: Rhea Bhattacharya, +919167213979, rhea119@gmail.com

Humane Society International/India and its partner organizations together constitute one of the world’s largest animal protection organizations. 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 programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty worldwide – on the Web at hsi.org/becrueltyfreeindia.

In India, Be Cruelty-Free has partnered with Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations, C.P.R.Environmental Education Centre and Blue Cross of India.

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