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Why Arden? | Animal Testing 101 | Deciphering Elizabeth Arden's Animal Testing Policy | INFOGRAPHIC: Cosmetic Ingredient Animal Tests | More PCRM Cosmetics Campaigns

Elizabeth Arden Inc. isn’t being up-front with consumers. Despite the growing number of cosmetics companies that have stopped using animals to test their products, Arden continues to use, or pay for, outdated methods that cause animal suffering.

Arden's animal testing statement reads, “We do not perform any animal tests on our product formulations or ingredients, nor ask others to test on our behalf, except in the rare instances where required by law.” However, Arden sells in China and other countries that require cosmetics companies test their products on animals before they go to market, which means they pay for animal tests. Arden’s statement on animal testing is misleading to the public and consumers.

An experimenter shoves animals face-first into tubes no larger than their bodies, to force them to breathe the airborne test item.

Pictured are rats shoved face-first into tubes no larger than their bodies (one is upside down) being forced to breathe chemicals. The animals are kept here for four to six hours, daily, for up to three months.

Tests conducted on Arden’s behalf are likely extremely cruel. Fragrances are tested in nose-only inhalation experiments, in which an experimenter shoves animals face-first into tubes no larger than their bodies, to force them to breathe the airborne test item. The animals are kept there for four to six hours, daily, for up to three months. Clinical signs of toxicity include bleeding from the nose, convulsions, seizures, paralysis, and death. No painkillers are provided.

Their statement also claims that Arden “works closely with our industry and the scientific community around the world …develop and validate non-animal alternatives for product testing.” However, Arden has avoided joining the Institute for In Vitro Sciences Industry Council for the Advancement of Regulatory Acceptance of Alternatives (IIVS ICARAA), an organization that assists international regulatory agencies in the adoption of nonanimal methods of testing consumer products. The council is composed of many well-known brands, including several Fortune 500 companies. If Arden is truly serious about developing nonanimal alternatives to tradition test methods joining IIVS ICARAA would be the natural course of action.

What We’re Asking

The Physicians Committee has drafted a shareholder resolution to address the discrepancies in Arden’s animal testing policy. We ask that shareholders on the Board of Elizabeth Arden Inc. encourage the company to increase the transparency around the use of animals in product testing by making their animal use publically available on their website. This would include the species, numbers, and specific tests conducted with the animals used. We also ask that Arden join IIVS ICARAA to ensure that they really are working towards developing nonanimal test methods. See the Shareholder Resolution section for more information.
 

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