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August 28, 2014

India’s Leadership to End Cosmetics Animal Testing Featured at 9th World Congress on Alternatives in Prague

#BeCrueltyFree India team join global delegates

Humane Society International/India

  • Alokparna Sengupta and A.K. Pradhan, India's Deputy Drug Controller General

India’s major achievement in banning animal testing for cosmetics, as well as its potential to replace more animal use in medical research and testing, was highlighted at this year’s 9th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences. Humane Society International’s #BeCrueltyFree campaign to end animal testing of cosmetics brought together a delegation of policy experts and regulators from across the globe, including campaign manager Alokparna Sengupta from Hyderabad and A.K. Pradhan, Deputy Drugs Controll for the Indian government.

The World Congress is the premier global event for scientists, policy experts, regulators, companies and animal advocates to join in dialogue about reducing and replacing animals in research and testing. Sengupta and Pradhan joined with #BeCrueltyFree experts coming from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, Korea and the United States, as well as regulators from Brazil, Russia, India and Canada,  for “X-2: Cosmetics around the world,” a session dedicated to ending cosmetics testing on animals.

India’s success in banning animal testing of cosmetics, its progress toward banning the sale of cosmetics animal tested abroad, as well as the government’s express interest in exploring other scientifically and economically advantageous opportunities to replace out-dated animal testing with state-of-the-art alternatives was presented to the more than 1,000 delegates.

Sengupta  said: “I am proud to represent HSI’s Be Cruelty-Free India campaign at such an event with some of the world’s top science and policy experts in the field of non-animal research. The Indian government made the landmark decision to ban cruel and out-dated animal testing for cosmetics following detailed negotiation with Be Cruelty-Free India and others. We are hopeful that a sales ban on cosmetics tested on animals will follow shortly.

“We also are keen to see India take a leadership role in Asia in replacing animal use in other areas of testing and medical research. Indian citizens, our science base and economy stand to benefit from greater investment in modern science without animals. The World Congress has been an excellent opportunity for us to discuss further India’s potential to reduce the use of animals in testing pharmaceuticals, vaccines and medical devices.” 

#BeCrueltyFree India is working with government regulatory agencies on policy reform, with scientists on the promotion of alternatives, and with other animal advocates to raise awareness about animal testing.

Media contact: Wendy Higgins +44 (0)7989 972 423, whiggins@hsi.org

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