"Effective today (Friday), the animal testing for cosmetic products and ingredients is outlawed throughout India. This is a huge victory for animals in laboratories," said Alokparna Sengupta, Humane Society International's Be Cruelty-Free India campaign manager.

The test ban was finalized through the gazette notification of the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules (Second Amendment), 2014, following completion of a 45-day public consultation period.

"India has now taken a step forward in ethical consumerism and with the notification, will lead the world towards it too," added Sengupta.

With this ban, India joins a list of countries like Brazil, Australia and New Zealand.


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