Actress Pamela Anderson is urging officials in India to push ahead with plans to ban animal-tested cosmetics as pressure groups lobby against the proposal.

The country's Ministry of Health & Family Welfare wants to amend the law to include a ban on the importation and sale of make-up and beauty products that have been tested on animals.

Now former Baywatch star Anderson has thrown her support behind the proposal and has written a letter to India's Health Minister Harsh Vardhan urging him not to back down.

In the note, sent via People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, she writes, "Please resist special interests and 'dinosaur' companies who still test in crude and cruel ways and do the right, kind thing. Please pass the proposed ban on the import and sale of cosmetics if they or their ingredients have been tested on animals without delay.

"The European Union and Israel have already banned the marketing and sale of cosmetics if they or their ingredients were tested on animals, and more than 1,400 companies around the world have also banned all animal tests in favour of modern, non-animal and human-relevant test methods. They no longer drip substances into rabbits' eyes, smear them onto guinea pigs' abraded skin, spray them into dogs' and monkeys' faces, and force them down animals' throats, the thought of which makes me sick."