India bans testing cosmetics on animals
Following a 45-day public consultation period, the ban came into effect on Friday May 24th, and announced by India’s Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.
The removal of animal testing follows an intense campaign by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India and work by MP Maneka Gandhi and others.
“This landmark law will ensure not only that the lives of countless animals are spared but also that only human-relevant, modern, non-animal testing methods are used to assess the safety of cosmetics products in the country,” says PETA UK's Mimi Bekhechi.
“Because animal-tested cosmetics can still be sold in India, however, PETA India and its international affiliates are now urging the government to ban the sale of cosmetics if they or their ingredients have been tested on animals.
“Such a move would bring India in line with the European Union and Israel, nations that have already banned the sale of animal-tested cosmetics.”
With this ban, India joins a list of countries like Brazil, Australia and New Zealand.