May 05.3

Nominations open for the 2013 LUSH Prize!

It's that time of year again - nominations are now open for the 2013 LUSH Prize.

“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”. - Katy Brown, LUSH Prize

Every year, it is estimated that more than 100 million animals – including mice, rabbits and rats – are used in testing laboratories around the world. In our continued fight against animal testing, we want to support organizations working to replace testing on animals with scientifically valid alternatives. A partnership with Ethical Consumer; the awards are judged by an independent panel of expert judges from the scientific, academic, and campaigning communities.

2012 was the inaugural year of the LUSH Prize, and we're proud to say that it's the biggest international annual prize in the non-animal testing sector. Last year, £250,000 was distributed to 13 groups across eight countries. Winners included scientists in Italy and the USA, campaigners in Japan and India, young researchers in Denmark and the UK, and a filmmaker in Canada. A further £250,000 will be available this year.

Nominations for 'outstanding contributions' to replacing animal use in product safety testing are now sought across five separate categories:

• Science

• Training

• Lobbying

• Public Awareness

• Young Researcher

Nomination forms are now available to download from the LUSH Prize website (www.lushprize.org) and must be submitted by the closing date of July 15th 2013.

Learn more about the 2012 LUSH Prize.

Vanessa Lamont

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