23rd Dec 2020 | Get In Lamka | Nava Thakuria,Assam,Guwahati Correspondent.
Guwahati: India with a new set of rules for strengthening the import
ban on animal-tested cosmetics, becomes the first country in South
Asia to ban the testing of cosmetics and their ingredients on animals
as well as the import of cosmetics that were tested this way. These
rules are based on the fundamental principle that any harm caused to
animals can never be outweighed by the potential benefit of new
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India applauds the
Union heath & family welfare ministry in New Delhi for the new
cosmetics rules ‘providing a separate and updated regulatory
framework for testing, manufacturing, selling, stocking, exhibiting,
and importing cosmetics in India’ and also ensuring the ban on the
import of cosmetics tested on animals is stringently enforced. PETA
believes that ‘animals are not ours to experiment on, eat, wear, use
for entertainment, or abuse in any other way’.
It may be mentioned that after a ban on the import of cosmetics tested
on animals by the Union government in 2014, PETA India drew the its
attention to apparent violations of this law. Evidences were
submitted to prove that cosmetics marketed by companies in India are
also registered under the same name and for sale in China, where
cosmetics tests on animals are mandated.
PETA India pointed out that regulators in India were simply relying on
the declaration received from the importers, rather than scrutinising
the safety data generated to ensure compliance with the import and
marketing ban. To facilitate effective enforcement, the new rules now
mandate that manufacturers and importers must submit safety data using
only non-animal assessment methods, with documentation demonstrating
the specific methods used.
“We applaud the government for heeding our calls and taking a move to
ensure stringent regulatory oversight over the cosmetics import ban,”
said Dr Ankita Pandey, a research associate of PETA India, which is
registered as a charitable company in Mumbai and was launched in
January 2000, adding that the new rules should help upholding the ban
in letter and spirit as intended by the legislators.