• Petitioned Dr G.N. Singh

This petition was delivered to:

Drug Controller General of India
Dr G.N. Singh

Ban the sale of newly animal tested cosmetic products and ingredients in India

    1. Petition by

      Humane Society International: India

The Beauty Industry’s Ugly Secret 

Animal testing is the ugly secret that the beauty industry would prefer consumers didn’t know about

Have you ever got shampoo in your eyes? Stings, doesn’t it. Or applied perfume to broken skin? Or even accidentally breathed in hairspray? Your skin hurts, your throat burns. Imagine you’re a rabbit, guinea pig or rat in a cosmetics testing laboratory and these aren’t relatively mild finished products, but raw chemicals. If you’re a rabbit having these chemicals dripped in your eye, you have no tear ducts, so you can’t cry out the liquid. If you’re a guinea pig having chemicals spread on your skin, your protective fur has been shaved off and your bare, delicate skin cut so that the chemicals penetrate deeper. If you’re a rat squeezed into a thin tube barely wider than your body, you can feel your eyes smart and your throat burn as the chemical vapours are pumped into the tube, forcing you to breathe them in. Soon you will find it hard to breathe at all.

But Humane Society International’s global Be Cruelty-Free campaign is leading a massive global effort to ban cosmetics animal testing wherever it takes place in the world. We want to turn the whole world cruelty-free — a world where no animal has to suffer for the sake of cosmetic. 

HSI’s campaign in India was instrumental in mobilizing support from key Parliamentarians and Legislative Assembly Members to convince India’s Drug Controller to order the deletion of all animal tests from India’s cosmetics standard. Once complete, animal testing for cosmetic products and their ingredients will effectively be banned in India. 

India Sales Ban Also Needed 

Banning cosmetics animal testing in India is a necessary first step, but it doesn’t stop companies from outsourcing their animal testing to other countries and then importing their newly animal-tested products or ingredients back into India. That’s why India also needs a sales ban — to make it illegal for companies to import or sell cosmetics and ingredients that have been newly animal tested anywhere in the world.

A new amendment requiring registration for import of cosmetics to India will come into effect on April 1, 2013. India should seize the opportunity to ban animal tested products altogether.

Israel and 27 countries in the European Union have stopped animal testing and the sale of animal tested products for cosmetics. India should be next.

Sign the petition to immediately end cosmetics animal testing and ban the import of animal tested beauty products and ingredients in India.

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    • Fanni Azorin SPAIN
      • about 1 month ago

      I have no more words to say...

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 2 months ago

      Most Americans use beauty products or cosmetics in form or another but few stop to consider what hidden dangers may lurk within those pretty glass bottles with the colorful advertising. Many cosmetic products are swimming with chemicals that have the potential to cause health problems ranging from allergies to cancer. In order to protect your health, it may be helpful to know which beauty products have the potential to be the most damaging:

      Most dangerous cosmetics: Nail polish

      Nail polishes may look harmless, but lurking within those beautiful colors is a toxic chemical known as DBP. This substance is a member of the phthalate family, a group of chemicals that have been scrutinized due to health concerns. Concern exists because DBP has been shown to cause birth defects in mice. This substance has already been banned in Europe and some of the cosmetic companies within the U.S. are taking steps to remove this potentially dangerous chemical. At the very least, use of nail polishes containing DBP should be avoided during pregnancy.

      Most dangerous cosmetics: Sunscreens

      You've heard the repeated warnings to wear sunscreen to protect your skin from U.V. light. While this may be sound advice from the perspective of skin health, use of sunscreens may not be so healthy for your cells. Several problems exist relating to the use of sunscreens. Most sunscreens contain chemicals such as PABA and benzophenones that are known to generate free radicals. As you may already know, free radicals have been shown to cause cellular DNA damage and potentially increase the risk of certain chronic diseases including cancer. In addition, some ingredients found in sunscreens have estrogen like effects on the body which can potentially increase the risk of breast cancer, uterine cancer, fertility problems in men, as well as contribute to a wide range of other health problems.

      Most dangerous cosmetics: Body powders

      Many body powders that are placed on the skin after bathing contain talcum powder. Talc is a substance that's similar in structure to asbestos which is a known human carcinogen. Past studies have shown that women who talcum powder in the genital area increase their risk of ovarian cancer by up to sixty percent. Talc can also be found in some feminine hygiene sprays, feminine napkins, and even facial pads and tissues. Talc has been shown to cause tumors in animals when inhaled.

      Most dangerous cosmetics: Dark hair dyes

      This has been an area of controversy with some studies showing an association of use of hair dyes with an increased cancer risk and others showing weak or no association. The most recent studies show that use of dark hair dyes, but not light ones, may increase their risk of developing a certain type of lymphoma. Nevertheless, dark hair dyes contain a variety of chemicals that are suspected carcinogens.

      For some of these cosmetics and beauty products, you may be able to form more healthy alternatives. There are sunscreens on the market that use zinc oxide as the active ingredient which presents less of a health hazard than PABA. Henna may be a good alternative to hair dye. Be sure to read labels carefully and make sure you understand what you're putting on your skin. It could save your life.

      Make-up and other cosmetic products are often made of complex combinations of chemicals. Ingredients for cosmetics, both synthetic and natural, come from a vast array of sources. Although these ingredients are regulated in many countries, there is no absolute guarantee that cosmetic products are safe. Their formulations may contain dangerous chemicals that went overlooked, and in some cases, products can become contaminated before they are sold to the public.

      Compared to food products and medications, regulation of cosmetics is very limited. The FDA only regulates the use of color additives, with very little oversight of the wide array of other ingredients. Cosmetics companies are often only held responsible for marketing dangerous products when they have been shown to be in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. With the large number of new products released each season, violations usually only surface after they cause harm.

      In response to consumer concern over the contents of cosmetic products, some cosmetics companies have produced lines of "all natural" or organic cosmetics. While there is no regulation of "natural" products, companies must meet strict guidelines before they can market products as organic. So-called "natural" cosmetics can still contain substances that are hazardous, given the number of naturally-occurring toxic substances.

      With so little oversight of cosmetics in the United States, cosmetics producers are not under the same pressure as food and drug companies to ensure that their manufacturing facilities meet guidelines. Food and drug producers are regularly found to be in violation of FDA standards. It is not rare to hear of large-scale recalls of foods or drugs because of contamination, but there is no similar mechanism for cosmetics recalls. Dangerous products may only come to light after they have hurt a consumer.

    • Sandra Faucher COPPER CLIFF, CANADA
      • 2 months ago

      zero excuse for animal abuse

    • Maria Cristina Kauer SSCAI - RS, BRAZIL
      • 3 months ago

      Todos os seres tem direito à vida, a liberdade, ao respeito, humanidade e compaixão dos animais humanos. Os animais não humanos não estão aqui para nos servir, são companheiros de jornada, terráqueos como todos nós.

    • Anil Chandolia ORYOL, UNITED STATES
      • 3 months ago

      Please Sign & Share, Thank you.


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