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Nov 11.16

The First Annual LUSH Prizes Have Been Awarded!

“LUSH Prize winners in 2012 have included scientists, campaigners, lobbyists, training specialists and young researchers. All these people play a vital role in the global movement to replace animal testing with methods that are now widely accepted to be both more humane and effective.” - Rob Harrison, Ethical Consumer

London was buzzing last night as we hosted the winners of the first-ever global LUSH Prize to help bring an end to animal testing. Every year,it is estimated that more than 100 million animals – including mice, rabbits and rats – are used in testing laboratories around the world.


It is cruel - regulations regarding the anaesthetization and humane treatment of animals in testing laboratories are commonly weak or non-existent. Even where applied, these cannot eliminate the fear and distress laboratory animals experience on a daily basis.

It is ineffective - the physiology of animals is different to that of humans. Substances safe for mice may not be safe for humans and vice versa.


In the 1980s and 1990s successful campaigns across Northern Europe led to regulators prohibiting some types of product safety testing on animals. Many companies also publicly adopted anti animal testing policies. Unfortunately the regulations, and some company policies have proved difficult in practice.

The problem is complex. The LUSH Prize has been designed to provide resources to projects that address the areas that are roadblocks to ending animal testing. Many current regulations and prizes are directed towards the broader idea of 3R's: reduction, refinement, and replacement of the use of animals in experiments. In contrast, the LUSH Prize is a project driven by animal ethics, and seeks only to support projects working on the complete replacement of animal tests.

We created this prize in partnership with Ethical Consumer ensuring the award process is impartial, rigorous and comprehensive in scope. The LUSH Prize combines the passion and resources of LUSH staff with the research and campaigning skills of Ethical Consumer. Ethical Consumer is a UK-based research and consultancy co-operative focused on working with companies and consumers around effective ethical choices.


The £250,000 prize fund, the biggest prize in the alternative testing sector, focuses pressure on safety testing for consumer products in a way which complements projects which already address alternatives to the animal testing of medicines.

• 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


Science Prize

Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, Italy (£50,000) For their work on toxicity pathways in heptatoxicology and developmental toxicology

Lobbying Prize

Humane Society International, USA (£40,000) For their work on removing animal tests from the EU’s non-food pesticide regulations

Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO), India (£5,000) For their research and lobbying on animal testing in India

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India (£5,000) For their work with Indian regulators on a cosmetics testing ban

Training Prize

Institute for In Vitro Sciences, USA (£25,000) For their vital work on training researchers in non-animal methods from Brazil to Japan

InterNICHE, (£25,000) For their work in training in former Soviet states, South America and Africa

Public Awareness Prize

Japan Anti-Vivisection Association, Japan (£30,000) For their successful campaign to persuade Shiseido to abandon animal testing

Decipher Films, Canada (£10,000) For their feature film ‘Maximum Tolerated Dose’ on animal testing

VITA Animal Rights Centre, Russia (£10,000) For their work on awareness raising with the Russian media

Young Researcher Prize

Elizabeth Woehrling, UK (£12,500) For her work on the development of a new in vitro test for neurotoxicity

Felix Rivera-Mariani, USA (£12,500) For work on expanding an existing non animal test into new areas

Chiara Scanarotti, Italy (£12,500) For her work on skin sensitisation and chemical mixtures

Line Mathiesen, Denmark (£12,500) For her work on studying the impact of toxics on placental tissue


For more information on the LUSH Prize, please visit: