News : Helpline Against Animal Testing for Cosmetics
Mumbai, India, March 11, 2015 -- A national tipline has been launched by Humane Society International's BeCrueltyFree campaign to report cases of illegal animal testing of cosmetics.
Last year, India introduced a nationwide ban on animal testing cosmetics, whether on ingredients or final products, following a high profile campaign by BeCrueltyFree and others. However HSI/India believes that many companies may not be fully aware of the ban, and that illegal cosmetics animal testing may be going unnoticed.
HSI/India encourages callers to report suspected illegal activities in cosmetics testing facilities at the telephone tip line at +91 767-492-2044. A Rs 25,000 reward for information leading to prosecution and conviction will also be available.
Alokparna Sengupta, HSI/India's BeCrueltyFree campaign manager, said: "We are proud to launch our first national tip line to combat illegal animal testing for cosmetics and help the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Drug Controller General implement India's historic ban.'' She added that testing cosmetics on animals has been outlawed because it is cruel and unnecessary. Anyone who has any information on any sort of animal testing for cosmetics taking place in any part of India can call HSI.
In animal tests, rabbits, guinea pigs and other animals endure considerable suffering. They can have cosmetic chemicals dripped in their eyes, spread on their skin, or force fed to them in sometimes lethal doses. India's ban on animal testing makes it illegal to perform such animal tests for the testing of cosmetics, or to import cosmetics which have been tested on animals outside of India on and/or after 12 November, 2014.
BeCrueltyFree India is part of a campaign to end cosmetics animal testing. Such campaigns are driving change across Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Taiwan and the United States.
Humane Society International/India and its partner organizations together constitute one of the world's largest animal protection organizations. For more than 20 years, HSI has been working for the protection of all animals through the use of science, advocacy, education and hands on programs.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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Published: Thursday, March 12, 2015