The Prize aims to reward the work of exceptional individuals, groups or organisations pushing for change, focusing on policy interventions promoting the use of alternatives.
There is a £50,000 prize fund shared between all the winners of the Lobbying Prize.
The Lobbying Prize is not a 3Rs prize but a 1R prize. By this we mean it is only seeking projects working on replacements (rather than reduction and refinement) and seeks to avoid funding projects or initiatives linked to animal testing in other ways.
Scientific innovation needs to go hand-in-hand with policy change to ensure that end-users of new testing approaches – industry and regulators – are receptive and responsive to the new methods.
Such change requires a multifaceted, global approach, including science-based lobbying at the national level or supra-national level to:
- Entrench non-animal testing methods in national, EU or OECD programmes of test guidelines
- Revise existing guidelines to reflect best practices, including the removal of animal tests, or
- Achieve a mandatory requirement for non-animal testing in legislation, regulatory policies, testing guidance, etc.
Background research papers for each prize category aim to increase awareness of the Lush Prize and ensure nominations.
The 2015 paper examines some of the key issues relating to animal testing in several countries that are of particular relevance to the Lush Prize, discusses recent lobbying initiatives and successes, and includes a table of organisations around the world active in lobbying, either locally, nationally or internationally, on animal experimentation.
Download the 2015 Background Paper for Lobbying.
Entering and Nominating
Nominations for the 2016 Prize are now open, and will close at midnight on Sunday 24th July.
Mojo Mathers MP, New Zealand
A Green Party MP, Mojo Mathers has been a leading figure in the political campaign to ban cosmetics testing on animals in NZ. Mojo very kindly declined the financial part of the Lush Prize for Lobbying, allowing the judges to reward that money to an additional Young Researcher to assist their career in science without using animals.
Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing, Germany
The Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT-Europe), housed at the University of Konstanz (Germany), brings together industry representatives, regulators, and academics to address the needs for human-relevant alternative methods to animal testing.
New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society
The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) is a campaign group that opposes all animal testing. It achieves this through research, education, public awareness and political lobbying.
The International Council on Animal Protection in OECD Programmes (£40,000)
For their successful work with the OECD, now a world leader in the promotion of non-animal methods, approaches and policies.
The Swedish Fund for Research Without Animal Experiments (£10,000)
For their work with Swedish regulators to replace animal testing.
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