"India has banned the import of all cosmetic products tested on animals in a landmark court decision, only three months after domestic animal testing was outlawed. This has made India the first country in South Asia to have a completely cruelty-free cosmetics market, following a similar move by European Union countries in 2013. The ban will make it illegal to import or sell any shampoos, makeup products, or beauty lotions that have been tested on animals.
In many countries, animals such as rabbits, mice, and guinea pigs still undergo painful and sometimes deadly tests developed nearly a century ago. These tests include eye and skin corrosion tests, in which the animals are restrained while chemicals are placed on their eyes or shaved skin. Exposure to these chemicals can cause blisters, bleeding, or even blindness. Another test is an acute toxicity test, which forces animals to ingest or breathe a chemical until half are dead in order to determine how harmful substances are. Neither of these tests are a completely reliable way of predicting whether the chemicals are harmful to humans.
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