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Put India on cruelty-free cosmetics map: Debasree Roy

P.T. Jyothi Datta Mumbai | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on January 24, 2013

Ban testing on animals: Trinamool Congress MLA and veteran Tollywood actress Debasree Roy poses with a model of a rabbit during a campaign against use of animals for testing of cosmetics in Kolkata on Thursday.   -  PTI

“Look for the ‘Leaping Bunny Logo”’ on your cosmetics, says veteran actress and MLA Debasree Roy, urging consumers to make compassionate and ethical choices when buying cosmetics.

“Do not let gentle animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs and mice suffer for the sake of our vanity,” she said, even as she asked the Government not to delay ridding India of animal-tested cosmetics.

“Why is the Government of India still lagging in making a decision that is so simple?’’ she asked, adding: “Animal testing bans across the European Union and Israel prove that cosmetics animal suffering is completely unnecessary. India must embrace the modern non-animal technologies available that offer more reliable test results than researching on rabbits and mice.”

Animal testing on cosmetics

The actress also urged Minister of Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad and the Drug Controller General of India Dr G.N. Singh to take decisive action on introducing the ban on animal testing in cosmetics.

“The Debasree Roy Foundation fully supports the Animal Welfare Board of India and Humane Society International (India) in their efforts to make India the next country in the world to end beauty with cruelty, and I urge our policymakers to work together with our Be Cruelty-Free campaign to put India on the cruelty-free cosmetics map,’’ she said.

The Humane Society’s (India) ‘Be Cruelty-Free’ campaign is part of the largest-ever global effort to end animal testing for cosmetics.

Shift from animal testing

HSI’s Alokparna Sengupta points out that there has been a scientific shift from animal testing towards 21st century non-animal research methods for safety testing of pharmaceuticals and chemicals, including cosmetics.

When influential personalities come forward and show their support, it helps put an end to the thousands of helpless animals suffering unethical and unnecessary cosmetics testing in India’s laboratories, she said. “Producing cruelty-free cosmetics using modern test methods and established ingredients is simple, as demonstrated by global brands such as Lush and The Body Shop,’’ she added.

The Animal Welfare Board of India is a statutory body constituted under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Act, 1960 and it works under the aegis of the Union Environment Ministry.

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Published on January 24, 2013
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