Searching for Middle Eastern scientists and campaigners to submit entries for non-animal testing initiatives and the chance to win AED1.3 million (US$356,000) reward!
Lush, the leading international ethical beauty brand, and Ethical Consumer Research Association today announce the opening of this year’s Lush Prize, the world’s premier, animal-free science awards and the only one to focus solely on ending the use of animals in toxicology (chemical testing) research.
Now in its fifth year, the annual awards is a collaboration between Lush Cosmetics and the Ethical Consumer Research Association, and is the largest global prize fund within the non-animal testing sector.
Lush Prize spokesperson Craig Redmond said: “So far we have been able to award over AED 5million (US$1.4million / £1.2million) to research that completely replaces animal testing, as well as campaign groups that highlight animal research as both cruel and scientifically unreliable.
According to Anita Baker, MENA director of Lush, the award is closely aligned with Lush’s ethos of cruelty-free cosmetics and is open to entrants around the world who have shown outstanding innovation in removing animals from testing, be it through finding viable, scientific-based alternatives or through lobbying regulators into accepting these alternatives.
“One of the most important reasons for establishing this global prize fund is the key fact that animals are fundamentally different to humans. We believe that testing cosmetics (which are designed for human usage) on animals is not only ethically wrong, but scientifically unreliable,” says Anita Baker.
To date, the Lush Prize has rewarded over AED 5million (US$1.4million) to 55 individuals or groups in 22 countries, ranging from animal protection organisations in Taiwan and Russia to Sweden’s Karolinska Institute and the OECD’s Adverse Outcome Pathway programme in France.
“Innovation lies at the heart of Lush’s business model hence The Lush Prize has particular resonance here in the Middle East, a region which boasts an incredibly rich history of scientific innovation – notably in the early discovery fields of medicine and chemistry,” continues Baker.
“With an increased focus on supporting young scientists, this year’s Lush Prize is the ideal platform to encourage a new generation of ethically-minded researchers to make their mark. What a coup it would be to have a winner from the Middle East this year! That’s why we’re urging schools, colleges and universities throughout the region – along with innovators working in the wider public and private sectors – to grasp this unique opportunity and submit their nominations.”
Entry submissions for The 2016 Lush Prize open on 25th April 2016 and will close on 24th July 2016. Details on eligibility and how to submit nominations can be found online at www.lushprize.org. A panel of expert judges from around the world will meet in September and winners will be awarded their prizes at a ceremony held in London, UK in November.