In a bid to end illegal
animal testing of cosmetics in India, Humane Society International's (HIS) Be
Cruelty-Free has launched a national tip line to report cases of illegal animal
testing of cosmetics. The country introduced a nationwide ban on animal testing
cosmetics in 2014. However, the organization still believes that many companies
may not be fully aware of the ban, and that illegal cosmetics animal testing
might be going unnoticed.
People can use the number (+91) 767-492-2044 to report suspected illegal testing on animals
for cosmetics. HSI/India offers Rs. 25,000
reward for information leading to prosecution and conviction.
Alokparna Sengupta, the campaign manager, said, "Testing cosmetics on animals
has been banned because
it is cruel and pointless. So we want anyone who has any information on any
sort of animal testing for cosmetics taking place in any part of India to call
us. We will work with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Drug
Controller General to make sure it stops immediately," she said.
She said that India's ban on animal testing makes it also illegal to import cosmetics, which
have been tested on animals outside of India.
brands have received much flak globally for the suffering that rabbits, rats
and other animals are put through to test for cosmetics. The cruel tests rages
from cosmetic chemicals spread on animals skin, dripped on eye or ear to force
them to consume chemicals in lethal doses. We have already given strict warning
to major cosmetic companies in India to abandon all such illegal activities. The message has been passed through conferences and
meetings," she said.
product companies, which conduct animal testing, will face strict action as per
provisions of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act and the Animal Cruelty Act. Violation
of the Act by any person or corporation is liable for punishment for a term,
which may extend from 3-10 years.
The campaign leaders said that India is rightly
proud of this animal test ban, so people will be doing a great service to the
nation and animals, and we assure them that the identity of all callers will
remain strictly confidential.