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Still Fighting Animal Testing
The founders of LUSH Cosmetics have been fighting against animal testing for over 30 years. After all of this time it saddens us that still so little progress has been made. That's why we decided to run a global campaign in April 2012 to bring attention to the animal testing and cruelty that continues. We also decided to do something positive about it and launched the LUSH Prize to support new alternatives.
At LUSH we believe in making fresh, handmade cosmetics without testing our ingredients or finished products on animals. Unfortunately, this is not the case for all cosmetic companies in North America. We believe animal testing for cosmetics is not only cruel but is irrelevant and alternatives need to be further explored and ultimately replace animal testing for cosmetics. We believe that animals should not suffer and die to test cosmetics or their ingredients and we will continue to fight until it comes to an end.
In Canada we worked alongside Humane Society International (HSI) Canada and the Animal Alliance of Canada. In the US we partnered with HSI and its affiliate, the Humane Society of the United States.
HSI is working across the globe, with like-minded groups in countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and India, and our parent organization The Humane Society of the United States, to achieve a cruelty-free world where no animal has to suffer for the sake of cosmetics.
For the full history, to sign the petition, and to find out more about the LUSH Prize, please visit: http://www.fightinganimaltesting.com
On November 15, 2012 we announced the winners of the first-ever global LUSH Prize to help bring an end to animal testing in the wake of the continuing failure to ban these practices. The £250,000 prize fund, the biggest prize in the alternative testing sector, will be awarded annually and focuses pressure on safety testing for consumer products in a way which complements projects which already address alternatives to the animal testing of medicines.
The LUSH Prize winners were 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 on-going testing
- Young Researcher Awards - to five post-graduates specializing in replacements research