Humane Society International (HSI) is celebrating after its Be Cruelty-Free campaign has led to India becoming the first country in south Asia to ban animal testing for cosmetics.
The Bureau of Indian Standards has approved the removal of any mention of animal tests from the country's cosmetics standard and the use of modern non-animal alternative tests also becomes mandatory
Speaking on this historic development, HSI's director of research and toxicology, Troy Seidle, said: "India's decision shows the way for all countries that are still undecided about whether to ban cosmetics animal testing. Those countries should take action now, follow India's lead and end cruelty for beauty."
Indian Member of Parliament Baijayant 'Jay' Panda, said: "This is a great day for India and for the thousands of animals who will no longer suffer, yet more work must be done."
With this in mind, the next step for Be Cruelty-Free in India is to achieve a follow-up ban on selling cosmetics newly tested on animals in other parts of the world. A sales ban will prevent companies bypassing the legislation by outsourcing testing to other countries and then importing the animal-tested beauty products back into India for sale.
For more information on the work of HIS and the Be Cruelty Free campaign, visit hsi.org/becrueltyfree