December 4, 2013
Highest Health Advisory Body to Recommend Import Ban on Animal Tested Cosmetics in India
The Drug Technical Advisory Committee joins leaders like L.K.Advani, Murali Manohar Joshi and Motilal Vora in recommending an import ban to the Health Ministry
NEW DELHI — The Drug Technical Advisory Board has formally recommended a ban on the import of animal-tested cosmetics, marking a major milestone for Humane Society International/India’s Be Cruelty-Free campaign. DTAB, India’s highest advisory board to the Central Government on matters concerning the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, made its recommendation following a series of letters and representations by HSI and cross-party Members of Parliament.
More than a dozen members of parliament from both Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha parties wrote to the Health Minister in support of HSI's sales ban campaign. MPs including Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha P.J.Kurien; Senior leader of opposition party Shri L.K.Advani; Congress and BJP veterans Motilal Vora and Murali Manohar Joshi respectively and popular MPs such as Supriya Sule and Bajayant ‘Jay’ Panda, showed their support for the Be Cruelty-Free India campaign. Earlier this year they helped achieve a domestic ban on animal testing for cosmetics.
Write to the Health Minister to show your support for an end to the import and sale of animal-tested cosmetics in India.
HSI/India’s Alokparna Sengupta said: “Humane Society International/India is delighted to have the support of so many prestigious MPs. Their voices have helped us convince the Drug Technical Advisory Board to recommend an import and sales ban on animal-tested cosmetics. We believe that for as long as it is legal for cosmetics to be animal-tested in other countries and imported into India for sale, it is inconsistent with India's test ban. We hope that our shared vision of a truly cruelty-free India will be noticed and accepted by the Central Government soon so that cosmetics cruelty can be taken off India's shop shelves for good."
The DTAB recommended that the Health Ministry introduce a ban in the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules. The official minutes of the DTAB meeting on 25th November, which acknowledge HSI's campaign leadership, read: “The Board noted that the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is already in the process of prohibiting the use of animals in testing of cosmetics manufactured in the country. India should therefore take a lead in prohibiting the import of cosmetics testing in animals also.”
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 also leading the charge to end cosmetics animal testing in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Korea, New Zealand, Russia and beyond.
Media contact: HSI/India: Alokparna Sengupta, +91 9849094113, firstname.lastname@example.org
A copy of the DTAB meeting minutes is available on request.