It has been over a year since India announced it plans to ban laboratories in the country from using animals in cosmetic testing. The ruling, which came into force at the end of May this year was the first stage in a two phase plan which would potentially spare hundreds of thousands of animals from unnecessary suffering each year.
Instrumental in the ban was the Humane Society International (HSI) India who, as part of their global Be Cruelty-Free campaign worked closely with the Indian Government and were supported by a number of outside agencies including Blue Cross of India, People for Animals and FIAPO (Federation of India Animal Protection Organisation) in addition to more than thirty legislators.
Speaking to the press, Gauri Maulekhi a Trustee of People for Animals said with regards to the ban:
India has shown outstanding leadership by so swiftly advancing first a ban on cosmetics animal testing and now a ban on animal-tested cosmetics imported from overseas. By working so diligently with the Be Cruelty-Free India campaign, our policy makers have put India on the map as a country transforming its laboratories and regulation from outdated test methods to state-of-the-art science. Animals, consumers, scientists and companies have everything to gain from such modernisation.
This dual ban is fantastic news and shows a real commitment for change and progression by the Indian government, however it also highlights the reluctance by some countries to enforce major changes to cosmetic testing in the near future. It is saddening that some counties who, whilst being at the forefront of so many technological and medical advancements can be so slow in implementing change and are only now be bringing the issue of cosmetic testing to the table for serious discussion; If India can turn this total ban around so quickly then it should be possible for others to follow suit.
My original post on the proposed ban in India can be read here
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