Prize to stamp out animal testing launched
Lush and Ethical Consumer partner to promote cruelty-free research
On Tuesday 19th June, campaigning cosmetics company Lush announced the creation of the first ever Lush Prize to help bring an end to animal testing in the wake of the continuing failure to ban these practices.
The Lush Prize will reward groups or individuals working in the field of cruelty-free scientific research, awareness-raising and lobbying.
The prize has been created by Lush in partnership with Ethical Consumer ensuring that the award process is impartial, rigorous and comprehensive in scope.
Its £250,000 annual prize fund - the biggest prize in the alternative testing sector - seeks to focus pressure on safety testing for consumer products in a way which complements projects already addressing alternatives to the animal testing of medicines.
The prize has a 'Eureka' element which plans to make available the full £250,000 for a ‘proof of concept toxicity pathway study.‘ This is for researchers working very specifically in the field of 21st Century Toxicology which seeks to understand ‘toxicity pathways’ at a fundamental level.
In years when no breakthrough event occurs, prizes of £50k each (totalling £250k) will be awarded in the following categories:-
- Science Prize - the development of replacement non-animal tests
- Training Prize - training researchers in non-animal methods
- Lobbying Prize - policy interventions to promote the use of replacements
- Public Awareness Prize - public-awareness raising of ongoing testing
- Young Researcher Awards - to five post-graduates specialising in replacements research
The first Lush Prize Awards are scheduled to take place in London in November 2012. The winners will be chosen by a panel of high profile figures from the animal welfare world and scientific community.
Details of the nominees and the high profile awards panel for The Lush Prize will be released in the run up to November’s awards event.
For more information on the prize and for details on how to nominate your favourite projects visit: www.lushprize.org