According to news sources, India will become the second country, after Israel, to end mandatory animal testing of soaps, detergents and household cleaners. The decision evidently followed a Bureau of Indian Standards meeting at which representatives from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, MP Maneka Gandhi and members of Parliament pushed for the action. “The tests in which harsh chemicals used to be rubbed onto guinea pigs’ abraded skin will be suspended and [] replaced by non-animal testing methods to be followed by a test called the Human Repeated Insult Patch Test,” said a PETA India spokesperson, who also noted that official meeting minutes have not yet been released. See, January 30, 2014.