Bollywood Actress Jacqueline Fernandez recently sent a bunny-shaped vegan cake to Health Minister Harsh Vardhan with the words ‘Be Sweet to Bunnies – Ban Animal-Tested Products’ written on it.
The actress, who is a volunteer of “People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals” (PETA), sent the cake as she was ecstatic to learn that after banning the testing of cosmetics and their ingredients on animals, the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare is now considering amending The Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945, to include a ban on the import and sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals globally.
In her letter to the minister, the Kick actress wrote; “There was no news sweeter to my ears than when I heard that your ministry included the new rule in The Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945, which bans the testing of cosmetics and their ingredients on animals in India in favour of modern, non-animal and human-relevant test methods. Along with sending the vegan cake that accompanies this letter, I am writing to request that you be sweet to bunnies again by passing the proposed ban on the import and sale of cosmetics if they or their ingredients have been tested on animals.”
“My many compassionate friends and I were thrilled to know that your ministry agrees that the only way to be a bunny’s honey is to let bunnies live freely, as they should, and not by caging them and conducting painful tests on them for lipstick and mascara,” she adds in her letter.
If it is introduced in the Drugs and Cosmetics Regulations 1945, the new rule might say, “135-B. The import of cosmetics tested on animals prohibited. – No cosmetic tested on animals must be imported. “A decision to prohibit the import and sale of cosmetic products if they or their ingredients have been tested on animals bring India in the league of Israel and the European Union, which already have similar bans.