In a first for the country, India is slated to become the first cruelty-free cosmetic zone in South Asia. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India has recently introduced a draft notification to ban the import of cosmetics tested on animals abroad.

Cruelty-Free CosmeticsFor many months now, several Members of Parliament, including Maneka Gandhi, Chairperson of the People for Animals movement have been petitioning and lobbying the Health Ministry in support of Humane Society International and India's Be Cruelty-Free campaign. Alokparna Sengupta, HSI/India's Be Cruelty-Free campaign manager says, "We are delighted to see many months of HSI/India campaigning pay off with introduction of this import ban proposal, and we thank the Health Ministry for acting so swiftly on behalf of animals. With a ban on cosmetics animal testing already in place in India, it is now time to ensure that cosmetics tested with cruelty in other countries cannot be imported in India's shops." 

Be Cruelty-Free India is part of the largest campaign in the world to end cosmetics animal testing. Globally there are Be Cruelty-Free campaigns in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Russia, Taiwan and the U.S.where the campaign is led by The Humane Society of the United States.