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December 11, 2013

Former Super Cop and Dynamic Politician Supports Removing Cosmetics Cruelty from India's Shop Shelves

Humane Society International/India

  • Dr Ajay Kumar, who has successfully worked with the Health Ministry before on other issues, is now standing up for animals. Ajay Kumar's office/HSI

JAMSHEDPUR—Dr. Ajay Kumar, former police superintendent and now Member of Parliament from Jamshedpur, is urging the Minister of Health and Family Welfare to stop animal-tested cosmetics from being imported and sold in India. Kumar has written to Minister Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad in support of the Be Cruelty-Free campaign by leading animal protection organization Humane Society International/India.

Earlier this year, following a high-profile campaign by HSI/India and others, India declared a domestic ban on animal testing for cosmetics, but it is still legal for cosmetics to be animal tested in other countries and imported into India for sale. HSI/India believes this is inconsistent with India's test ban and their Be Cruelty-Free campaign is aiming to take cosmetics cruelty off shop shelves for good. HSI is seeking an amendment to the Drugs and Cosmetics rule.

Dr. Kumar, a notable MP famed for his fierce honesty, said: "It is laudable that India has banned animal testing for cosmetics. Now our government must go a step further by banning the sale of cosmetics in India that are tested on animals. That will show India's commitment to compassion and also foresightedness for advanced humane science." Kumar serves on the Parliamentary Standing Committee for Ministry of Science and Technology.

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: “We expect our Members of Parliament to work hard for their constituents, but it is so heartening to see MPs who also stand up for defenseless animals. HSI India is delighted to have someone of Dr. Kumar's calibre and scientific standing on our side. We hope our shared vision of a truly cruelty-free India will be noticed and accepted by the health minister, too.”

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. Be Cruelty-Free USA is spearheaded by The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society Legislative Fund.


Media contact:

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

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