Target: Dr. Chaitanya Koduri, Animal Protection Representative on the Bureau of Indian Standards
Goal: Commend the Bureau of Indian Standards for banning all animal testing for cosmetics and household products
Millions of animals are tortured and killed every year to test the safety of products we use every day. But thanks to a new law in India, fewer animals will have to suffer for our products. India has become one of just two countries in the world that has banned all animal testing for both cosmetics and household products. Commend Dr. Chaitanya Koduri, who represents the rights of animals on the Bureau of Indian Standards, for leading this bold step forward towards cruelty-free products.
After a lengthy campaign from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, the Bureau of Indian Standards made two historic rules on animal testing. In June 2013 they removed all animal testing requirements for cosmetics and now they have removed animal testing requirements for household products like cleaners and detergents. The new rules replace skin sensitivity tests, where harsh chemicals were rubbed into the shaved skin of guinea pigs, with non-animal testing alternatives followed by skin patch tests on human subjects. The new testing requirements are both more humane and more accurate.
The next step in India’s path towards cruelty-free products will be to ban the sale of all cosmetics and household goods that have been tested on animals in any other country. With a population of over 1.2 billion people, a ban on all goods tested on animals would have a huge global impact.
Thank Dr. Koduri for leading India away from animal testing, and for taking the first steps to create a world-wide revolution.
Dear Dr. Koduri,
Thank you for your dedicated advocacy for the rights and humane treatment of animals in India. Due to your leadership, the Bureau of Indian Standards has stopped animal testing for both cosmetics and household products. This forward-thinking stance on animal testing has only been adopted by one other country in the world. India truly is leading the world towards cruelty-free products.
I urge you not to become complacent with this victory and to push the Bureau of Indian Standards towards a full ban of all cosmetics and household products that are tested on animals regardless of country of origin. With over 1.2 billion people, India has the consumer and economic clout to push the world towards non-animal testing alternatives.
Thank you again for your leadership and helping India lead the world towards a less cruel future.
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