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Kelly, from our Robson St location in Vancouver, BC is a guest blogger this week. She's just returned from the LUSH Prize awards ceremony in London, and shares her experience at the awards and in the fight against animal testing (all while suffering from jetlag). Thanks Kelly!
I have always been an animal lover, and when I found LUSH my love and compassion for animals grew. The passion that LUSH shows towards fighting against animal testing is truly inspiring and goes beyond anything I have seen before.
When we launched our Fighting Animal Testing campaign, I approached it as a chance to really make a difference. I talked to anyone who listened, got signatures for our petition from whoever would lend their signature, and got my whole store team so pumped up they were doing the same. We ended up having almost 1000 signatures, which landed us in the top 10 results in the company. In June, LUSH announced they would be awarding a 250,000 pound LUSH Prize to an organization or individual who could make a change to end animal testing in the cosmetic industry.
Hearing about the cruelty in animal testing made me want to do more. I was angry and wanted my voice to be heard. Tricia from Retail Marketing heard my voice! She set me up with one of our Charity Pot partners, The Ghosts in our Machine. Their Facebook page describes it as, "The Ghosts in our Machine is a cinematic feature length documentary that illuminates the lives of individual animals living within, or rescued from, the machine of our modern world." LUSH was g...
“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.
WHY END ANIMAL TESTING
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.
WHY WE NEED A PRIZE
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It's a very exciting day at LUSH, today we announce the first winners of the LUSH Prize, awarded annually for breakthroughs in the fight against animal testing.
Fighting Animal Testing has always been at the core of what we believe in. Hilary Jones, LUSH Ethical Director sat down with us to share more about our history, our ethics, and our continued fight against animal testing.
*Some graphic images in the video may not be suitable for all audiences.
Find out more about the LUSH Prize at: http://www.lushprize.org...