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India bans import of animal-tested cosmetics, animal rights activists elated

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New Delhi, Oct 16: The Ministry of Health & Family has banned import of animal-tested cosmetics via a notification in The Gazette of India. The decision will be implemented in November.

The ban came in the form of Rule 135-B which says: "Prohibition of import of cosmetics tested on animals. - No cosmetic that has been tested on animals after the commencement of Drugs and Cosmetics (Fifth Amendment) Rules, 2014 shall be imported into the country."

Intensive efforts were made by PETA India, Union minister Maneka Gandhi and other politicians including former Union minister Shashi Tharoor and celebrities to stop the import of cosmetics tested on animals that lead to their cruel treatment and even death.

PETA India and Humane Society International, which had met Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan in June to present him a petition of over 70,000 signatures seeking a ban on the import, welcomed the move.

The ban on import came just few months after the ban on cosmetics testing in on animals in India's laboratories.

Earlier this year, #BeCrueltyFree campaigners in countries like Australia, Brazil, New Zealand, Taiwan and the US appreciated the introduction of bills proposing bans on national cosmetic animal test. Efforts by #BeCrueltyFree China also saw Beijing removing mandatory animal testing for several domestic cosmetics.

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