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Animal rights bodies hail govt`s ban on import of hides, skin

Afternoon Despatch & Courier
New Delhi
6 Jan 2017

Animal rights bodies today hailed the Centre for banning import of reptile skin and hides, saying India is gradually emulating the nations across the world in adopting "cruelty free" alternative to reduce suffering to animals. The government recently prohibited imports of skin and hides of reptiles, mink and fox.

The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), in its January 3 notification, had revised the chapters dealing with the import of raw hides skin, leather, furs kings and artificial fur.

"We commend the DGFT and Environment Ministry for its firm commitment in abolishing the import of exotic skins, exotic fur, skin.

Leather industry slaughters, bludgeons and skins millions of animals every year in the name of frivolous fashion, said Gauri Maulelhi of Humane Society International (HSI) India government liaison. Nations across the world are switching to cruelty free alternatives and we are glad that India is gradually emulating similar policies to reduce and eliminate unnecessary pain and suffering to animals, she said.