It’s been a banner year for PETA India. First, after lengthy discussions with PETA India’s scientists, the nation banned tests on animals for
cosmetics and their ingredients. And now, thanks to the hard work of PETA India and scientists
with our international affiliates, decision makers in India have officially
proposed a ban on testing household products and their ingredients on animals, too!
PETA India Science Policy Adviser Dr.
Chaitanya Koduri is a member of the Bureau of Indian Standards committee on household products. With
his guidance, the committee recently proposed an amendment to testing regulations
that would ban the last cruel
test on animals still required and replace it with a superior non-animal testing method. This means that the
days of smearing chemicals on guinea pigs are nearly over. The test will be
replaced with the more sophisticated—and humane—Human
Repeat Insult Patch Test.
The committee also proposed that household product manufacturers submit safety
data based on non-animal
test methods for new ingredients.
The final approval for the ban is
expected soon from the Drugs Controller General of India. PETA India, with the
help of scientists from PETA and PETA U.K., used a similar strategy when it succeeded in getting cosmetics testing
on animals banned.
In the U.S., tests on animals for
cosmetics and household products are still legal, although not required for
cosmetics and most household products. However, more than 1,300 compassionate
companies have pledged never to harm an animal anywhere in the world for their products,
so until North America is cruelty-free, at least your household can be. Just
check out PETA’s online database
of companies that do and do not test on animals, or order your free
Cruelty-Free Shopping Guide today.
Article source: PETA Files