PCRM Pushes for Cuts in Animal Testing at Cosmetics Company
Shareholders of the global cosmetics company Elizabeth Arden Inc. recently voted on a PCRM proposal that could reduce animal testing.
PCRM research associate Aryenish Birdie presented the proposal at a shareholder meeting of Elizabeth Arden, one of the world’s largest cosmetics and fragrance companies. The proposed resolution would require the company to make information on its animal use publically available on its website, including species and numbers of animals and the nature of each use. It would also require a written plan for replacement, reduction, and refinement of animal use.
“Companies that use animals for product development and testing have an ethical and financial imperative to address animal use,” says Birdie. “New methods lead to quicker and more economical product development, better prediction of consumer safety, and reduced animal use and suffering.”
Sixty-one percent of Americans believe that companies should not be allowed to test makeup, shaving cream, and other cosmetics and personal care products on animals. And 72 percent say that testing cosmetics on animals is unethical, according to an independent survey commissioned by PCRM.
To learn more about ending animal use in cosmetics testing, visit PCRM.org/ComeClean.