In these laboratory experiments, animals are forced to swallow or inhale massive quantities of potentially toxic substances or endure the pain of having caustic chemicals applied to their body – even though the results of animal tests are often unreliable or not applicable to humans. Yet, although modern non-animal test methods exist, many manufacturers continue to hurt and kill animals in tests.
As per a European Union directive, there will be a complete ban on the testing of cosmetics on animals within the EU beginning in 2013, including a ban on the marketing of cosmetics products tested on animals. This measure will prevent the sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals outside the EU by European or non-European companies. In addition, the Home Secretary of the UK government proposed a ban on household-product testing in 2011, and the UK has announced that it is consulting with companies, trade bodies and other interested parties to confirm a working proposal. In Israel, testing cosmetics and household products on animals is banned and, as of 1 January 2013, the sale and import of cosmetics and cleaning materials tested on animals is also illegal.
PETA is urging the Indian government to ban testing on animals for household items, cosmetics and cosmetic ingredients in India and to prohibit the marketing of such products tested on animals outside the country. PETA India's request to ban cosmetics testing on animals has already gained support from the Indian Council of Medical Research.
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