In the 1980s and 1990s successful popular campaigns across Northern Europe led to regulators prohibiting some types of product and ingredient safety testing on animals. Many companies also adopted public policies against animal testing.
Unfortunately the elimination of animal tests, and even some company policies, have proved difficult to carry out in practice. There are five main reasons for this:
In other words, the problem is a complex one. Because of this, the five categories of the Lush Prize have been designed to provide resources to projects addressing each of these areas.
The Training Prize is designed to resource projects training scientists or regulators in non-animal methods.
For more information about how these challenges impact on companies trying to avoid animal testing visit our sister website, home of Lush’s wider Fighting Animal Testing campaign.
The Lush Prize also intends to focus pressure on toxicity testing for consumer products and ingredients in a way which complements the many projects already addressing the use of animals in medical testing. For some of the other prizes and projects around alternative tests see www.alttox.org
Many current regulations and prizes are directed towards the broader idea of the 3Rs: reduction, refinement, and replacement of the use of animals in experiments.
The Lush Prize, as a project driven by animal ethics, seeks only to support projects working on the complete replacement of animal tests.
The Lush Prize is also choosing to concentrate resources on ‘21st-Century Toxicology‘ as a specific area of non-animal testing research which holds out the most hope for an animal-test free future.