Animal tested imports ban, UK Modern Slavery Bill, French eco-tax backtrack and EU disclosure law
Imported cosmetics that have been tested on animals will be outlawed in India from 14 November. The new rule complements regulations from mid-2013 under which the Bureau of Indian Standards effectively banned animal tests on domestically produced cosmetics. There was a similar “de-recognition” of animal tests in early 2014 for household cleaning products. The campaign for “cruelty-free” cosmetics in the second most populated country – with about 17.5% of the world's people – was promoted by Bollywood stars and non-Indian big names including Pamela Anderson. The Indian office of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) said the import ban would “bring cheers from around the world,” and would save “millions” of animals. The Indian ban is similar to rules in the European Union and Israel.
Big companies in the UK could have to include in their annual reports statements about what they are doing to prevent slavery in their supply chains, according to government plans. The draft UK Modern Slavery Bill, which was published in June, consolidates existing laws and toughens sentences for the perpetrators of slavery, which in Britain is on the increase, according to the Salvation Army. The draft bill did not originally include...