Good news, animal lovers!
The Indian Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has made a move that will end the suffering animals in labs endure every minute of the day: the Ministry has now officially banned animal-tested cosmetics from being imported into India.
According to PETA India, the new rule states
135-B. Import of cosmetics tested on animals prohibited.—No cosmetic that has been tested on animals after the commencement of the Drugs and Cosmetics (Fifth Amendment) Rules, 2014 shall be imported into the country.
If you are unaware of what goes on in labs I have no problem bringing up a reminder…
Imagine spending your entire life in a miniscule cage, being poked, prodded, and enduring an immense amount of pain. Every year in the U.S., over 25 million animals are used in biomedical experimentation, product and cosmetic testing, and science education. This includes—dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, pigs, sheep, monkeys, chimpanzees, and more (neavs.org). All of the above animals are also pets. Yes, even sheep and monkeys, depending on where you live and what the circumstances are.
Not only are these creatures subjected to horrible amounts of pain but they also experience anxiety, stress, and depression, believe it or not. They don’t get to experience fresh air, sunshine, and a hearty meal. Instead they are cramped, sickly, and have depressingly short lives thanks to the the people who work in these labs.
Now back to India…I think it’s an amazing achievement, and I couldn’t be happier. But it hurts to realize that in the US, we have not made the same progress.
When will it end? When will people come to their senses that what they are doing is beyond inhumane? When will people (prisoners such as murderers, rapists, etc.) be subjected to these tests instead of animals who have no control or defense mechanisms over those who bring them into the labs? These prisoners are human, just like the products being tested are geared towards. After all, when was the last time you saw a dog wearing makeup?