Lush Prize 2013
The 2013 Lush Prize, the biggest annual prize in the non-animal testing sector, is now open for new nominations. The prize is designed to support organisations working to replace animal testing with scientifically valid non-animal methods.
Last year's £250,000 was distributed to 13 groups across eight countries in 2012. A further £250,000 will be available this year.
Every year, it is estimated that more than 100 million animals – including mice, rabbits and rats – are used in testing laboratories around the world.
Katy Brown from the Lush Prize said:
“Although there was great news last month that a complete ingredients testing ban was being enforced across Europe, animal tests on cosmetics and ingredients will still be carried out across Asia and the Americas. The goal of the Lush Prize – to encourage the scientific, regulatory and campaigning communities everywhere to focus their attention on animal-free safety testing – is still as important as ever. The 2012 winners were inspiring and ground breaking across all categories. We hope that this year's awards will be able to build on that momentum”.
Nominations for 'outstanding contributions' to replacing animal use in product safety testing are now sought across five separate categories:
- Public Awareness
- Young Researcher
Nomination forms are available to download from the Lush Prize website and must be submitted by the closing date of July 15th 2013. Projects achieving their goals in the last twelve months particularly are sought. Individuals can nominate projects they like, or organisations can nominate themselves.
The awards will be judged by an independent panel of expert judges from the scientific, academic and campaigning communities. Prizes will be awarded at a ceremony in London, due to be held in November 2013.
The Lush Prize is a partnership between Lush and Ethical Consumer to support animal-free toxicologyand is designed to reward groups or individuals working in the field of cruelty-free scientific research, awareness-raising and lobbying to help bring an end to animal testing. The £250,000 annual prize fund – the biggest prize in the non-animal testing sector – seeks to focus pressure on safety testing for consumer products in a way which complements projects already addressing the animal testing of medicines.
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