Beginning November 13, 2014, India will no longer permit the “import of cosmetics tested on animals.” The government reportedly took the action some five months after prohibiting cosmetic animal testing within the country. According to news sources, the country is the first in south Asia to take such action. India’s Chapter of the Humane Society International, which along with other organizations pushed for the ban, called the action “an example for other nations to follow.” An organization spokesperson said, “This is a huge achievement that could not have been possible without the compassion of our government, consumers and industry. We feel confident that if this vision is applied to other areas of product testing, this can be a defining moment in the modernization of India’s safety science, with potentially hundreds of thousands more animals spared pain and suffering.” See The Times of India, October 14, 2014; The Hindu, October 15, 2014.