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Well, here’s the big news! India will put a ban on the import of cosmetics from abroad that have been tested on animals. I had earlier compiled a post on a list of Cosmetic Brands That Do Not Test on Animals. In that post, I had mentioned about how animals like monkeys, rabbits, and mice are put through cruel tests and tortured in the name of cosmetic testing. Cosmetic companies argue that such tests are mandatory to ensure that the products are safe for humans. I had also informed you in that post that India had placed a complete ban on animal testing for products that are manufactured in India, but the current government has taken a giant leap and has imposed a ban on cosmetics imported from abroad that are tested on animals.
India has become the first country in South East Asia to shun cosmetics that test their products on animals. I have mixed feelings about this – while I completely love cruelty-free brands, what about those brands which do not put animals through cruel testing and just do the mandatory bit. The ban is coming to effect from 13 November, 2014, and I am kind of worried what will happen to my favorite products 🙁 Sadly, Clinique is in the list and I don’t want 100% allergy and paraben-free Clinique products to become unavailable to consumers in India. I genuinely hope companies develop an alternative plan and devise better ways to test their products (not on animals) and ensure their safety for human application. Point to note is that not all these brands test on animals cruelly, so…..
I tried to find out the brands that were in PETA’s list of brands that test on animals in some way or the other.
Disclaimer: The brands listed in this post have been taken from this website which claims to be PETA’s official website.
As much as I am against animal testing, I would be devastated if these brands stopped sending their products to India. We want all brands in India, but please give us products without animal testing 🙂
So, tell us your opinion on this import ban, which brand would you miss the most and why?
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