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October 10, 2013

11,000 Consumers Urge Drug Controller to Celebrate Mahatma Gandhi's Birth Month by Banning Sale of Animal-Tested Cosmetics in India

Humane Society International/India

  • Following a recent domestic ban, Be Cruelty-Free India is calling for a ban on the import and sale of animal-tested cosmetics. istock

NEW DELHI—As India celebrates the birth month of Mahatma Gandhi, a staunch believer in Ahimsa (non-violence), a petition signed by 11,000 consumers calls for the Drug Controller General to ensure all cosmetics sold in India symbolize Ahimsa too. Humane Society International/India's Be Cruelty-Free petition was presented to the Drug Controller at his office in New Delhi, urging the introduction of a ban on the import and sale of animal tested cosmetics, mirroring bans already in place across Europe and Israel.

The Drug Controller, Dr G.N. Singh, was instrumental in introducing India’s ban on animal testing for cosmetics in June this year. This victory for animals was celebrated by HSI/India’s Be Cruelty-Free campaign but India won't be truly cruelty-free for as long as it continues to sell cosmetics that have been newly animal-tested in other countries.

Alokparna Sengupta, HSI India's Be Cruelty-Free campaign manager, said: "Our government has, quite rightly, recognized that animal testing of cosmetics is morally unjustifiable. So it is vital that we do not allow India's shops to become the dumping ground for cruel cosmetics animal- tested in other countries. It is every citizen's Constitutional right to practice compassion and Ahimsa towards living creatures, but we cannot uphold Ahimsa if cosmetics cruelty continues to be on sale in our shops. October marks the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, a leader of Ahimsa, so it is the perfect time for India to ban the import and sale of cruel cosmetics."

HSI/India is calling for an amendment in the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules to prohibit the import and sale of those cosmetic ingredients or final products which have been tested on animals.

Be Cruelty-Free India is part of the largest campaign in the world to end cosmetics animal testing. Globally, Humane Society International and its Be Cruelty-Free partners are leading the charge to end cosmetics animal testing in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Korea, New Zealand, Russia and beyond. Be Cruelty-Free USA is spearheaded by The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society Legislative Fund.

To show your support for an end to import and sale for animal tested cosmetics in India and, sign a Be Cruelty-Free pledge today or just give a missed call to 080-4931-1223.

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

Humane Society International 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.

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