India launches Rs.10 crore animal testing cosmetics project with grants
Indian cosmetics makers are gearing up to launch their latest cosmetics project, aimed at curbing the use of animals in cosmetics testing, with grants from the Indian Institutes of Technology, Bangalore (IIB).
A Rs. 10 crore animal welfare fund has been set up to support the development of animal testing equipment, and to promote the welfare of animals, said a statement from IIB.
The grant for animal testing and cosmetic dentistry is part of a $100 million programme that was announced last year, said IIT-B Chief Executive Rakesh Jain.
The IIB was formed in 2015 to enable higher education institutions to become catalysts in the fight against cruelty to animals.
The IITs $100-million-plus fund will help establish the first dedicated animal welfare laboratory, and support the establishment of the first national animal welfare board in India.
The fund will also provide technical support to IIT’s research centres to implement animal welfare strategies.
The institute will also establish the Indian Institute of Animal Science, and a new institute for the study of animal welfare will be set up, it added.