(ANIMAL TESTING/ANIMAL CRUELTY) Last year, India put an end to animal testing for cosmetics, and now they’re on their way to becoming the second country to ban animal testing for household products, such as cleaners and detergents.
With much help from PETA India, the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) decided to stop skin sensitization tests that involve rubbing harsh chemicals on guinea pigs’ shaved skin, and instead use non-animal testing methods including skin patch tests on humans.
PETA is now urging the Indian government to prohibit the sale of all animal-tested products. Continue reading below to learn more about this progressive step forward. — Global Animal
Delhi — Today India decided to end animal testing for household products after an extensive campaign by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, which included appeals from high-profile politicians, as well as lengthy discussions with PETA India’s scientist and support from PETA scientists in the U.S. and the U.K.
The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) committee responsible for determining testing requirements for household products, on which PETA India’s scientist has an official seat, decided in a meeting today to replace a skin sensitization test—which is currently performed by rubbing harsh chemicals into guinea pigs’ shaved skin—with non-animal testing methods followed by human skin patch tests. This move will end all animal poisoning test requirements for cleaners, detergents and other common household products in India.
This progress comes after India’s June 2013 decision, following PETA India’s campaign, to end tests on animals for cosmetics and their ingredients, and makes India the second country, following Israel, to end tests on animals for household products. It also comes on the heels of bans on cosmetics testing on animals in the European Union and Israel.
PETA India is now working to urge the Indian government to ban the sale of all animal-tested cosmetics and household products.
“An end to cruel, unreliable animal tests for cosmetics and household products in India is finally here, thanks to the members of Parliament, celebrities and ordinary citizens who helped PETA India push for this historic moment,” say PETA India CEO Poorva Joshipura.
“Now, we will look ahead to the next step: banning the sale of cosmetics products in India that were tested on animals anywhere in the world.”
More than 1,300 companies around the world have banned all animal tests in favour of effective, modern non-animal methods, but some countries, including China, still choose to require archaic painful tests in which substances are dripped into animals’ eyes, smeared onto their abraded skin, and forced down their throats.