(ANIMAL WELFARE/COSMETIC ANIMAL TESTING) PETA India is launching an online campaigned aimed at the Indian Beauty & Hygiene Association (IBHA) as well as its small group of members consisting of cosmetic brands such as: L’Oréal and Procter & Gamble, to put a definite end to animal testing.

Cosmetic animal testing has been banned in India since May 2014 and a ban on importing products that test on animals is still pending.

PETA’s initiative follows numerous meetings with the IBHA where they stated that although there currently is a ban on animal testing in India, they’re in favor of weakening the law in order to continue to test cosmetics in India and import cosmetics from companies that test on animals.

Continue reading to find out more about PETA’s initiative. — Global Animal

27 countries in the EU have banned cosmetics that are tested on animals. Photo Credit: imgur.com
A total of 27 countries in the EU have banned cosmetic products that are tested on animals. Photo Credit: imgur.com

September 9, 2014

PETA India

Norfolk, Va. — Today, PETA—in conjunction with PETA India—launched an online campaign aimed at the Indian Beauty & Hygiene Association (IBHA) and its small group of members—which largely includes U.S. and European brands such as L’Oréal, Procter & Gamble, and Unilever—to urge them to support India’s existing ban on testing cosmetics and their ingredients on animals as well as the country’s proposed ban on the import of animal-tested cosmetics.

PETA launched the initiative following numerous high-level meetings in which the IBHA and some of its members made it clear that although their websites speak out against animal testing, they’re in favor of weakening the law so that they can continue to conduct animal tests in India and import animal-tested cosmetics into the country.

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Despite the ban on animal testing in India, cosmetic companies are still trying to find a way to continue using animals as test subjects.  Photo Credit: China Photos/Getty Images

Animal tests for cosmetics were banned in India on May 21, 2014, and a ban on the import of animal-tested cosmetics is pending. If the sales ban is passed, India’s laws will be in line with those of the European Union and Israel, which have already banned animal tests and the marketing and sale of animal-tested cosmetics. Many IBHA members are European and aren’t permitted to test on animals for cosmetics in their own countries. Tests on animals for cosmetics aren’t required in the U.S.

Other IBHA members include Chanel, ELCA Cosmetics (a subsidiary of Estée Lauder), Johnson & Johnson, NIVEA, Avon, and Shiseido, among others. In contrast, more than 1,500 companies around the world—including LUSH and The Body Shop—refuse to test their products on animals.

“The Indian government carefully considered and implemented the ban on force-feeding and skin irritation tests, yet a handful of Western companies are now trying to turn back this progress,” says PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo.

“PETA is calling on companies that market their products in India to modernize and to support—not obstruct—India’s efforts to stop cruel animal testing for cosmetics.”

During tests for cosmetics, harsh chemicals may be dripped into animals’ eyes, smeared onto their abraded skin, or forced down their throats.

Please read more about this at PETA India.