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This is a good month for animal welfare. Firstly, China’s Food & Drug Administration has announced that from June 2014, China plans to remove its mandatory animal test requirements for domestically manufactured cosmetic products.
For the first time ever, Chinese companies producing ‘non-special use cosmetics’ such as shampoo or perfume will have the option to substantiate product safety using existing safety data for raw ingredients, or European Union-validated non-animal tests instead of having to submit product samples to the government for testing on rabbits, mice and rats.
Humane Society International (HSI) has been campaigning in China and their work has been supported by the Lush Prize, which they won in 2012. They estimate that as many as 300,000 rabbits, mice and other animals may be subject to cosmetics chemical testing each year in China alone.
Troy Seidle of HSI said the news marks a major milestone and this development is only the beginning of what he hopes to be a ‘paradigm shift’ towards 21st-century science without animals. ‘It looks like there could at last be a bright future for cruelty-free companies in China and hope on the horizon for an end to cosmetics cruelty’, he said.
Secondly, the Lush Prize are due to award £250,000 to groups and individuals at the forefront of the fight against animal testing. Find out how you can get involved by coming along to our free event or watching the awards ceremony from the comfort of your own home.
(the picture is by Carly & Art on flickr)
Posted on: November 11 2013
This incredibly moving video was made by just one of the wonderful organisations short-listed for this year’s Lush Prize.
The Beagle Freedom Project is a mission to rescue beagles used in animal experimentation in research laboratories and give them a chance at life in a loving forever home.
Beagles are a popular breed for lab use because of their trusting, forgiving and people-pleasing nature. Testing on beagles in university and other research facilities includes medical/pharmaceutical, household products and cosmetics.
In this video two beagles take their first steps to a life free from torture – a reminder of just how important it is to fight animal testing today.
Join us on 13 November, or tune into the live stream on this site, to learn about dozens of other inspiring projects at the forefront of this fight. We’ll be awarding £250,000 to groups and individuals who work on lobbying, public awareness, science and training. During the afternoon we invite you to join us at a free event where you can learn more and meet the people involved.
Posted on: November 8 2013
Things are gearing up nicely for the 2013 Prize Awards on November 13th.
There are two parts to the awards day itself which takes place at Kings Place in London.
2.00 pm to 5.30pm
The afternoon conference is open to the public to exchange ideas about recent developments in the replacement of toxicity testing on animals and of successful campaigns to change the rules around requirements to test on animals. We have speakers from diverse groups including the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (USA) and Liverpool John Moores University.
The event is free to attend, but places are limited, so please register early to avoid disappointment.
You can find full information about speakers and timings, and register to attend on the Eventbrite page.
There will be live video streaming of the conference here on the website.
Including Awards Presentations - 9.00pm to 10.30pm
The awards dinner will be hosted by Lucy Porter at the same venue. Although attendance is by invitation only, we will be live-streaming video of the awards themselves so that you can attend from the comfort of your own home!
Posted on: October 27 2013
Nichola Theakston is the artist behind our new striking Lush Prize trophies (pictured below). Since studying fine art at university and completing an MA in ceramics, Nichola has been sculpting animals alongside raising a family. Below Jenny Nelson interviews the artist about her work.
Which piece are you most proud of?
The body of work I have been most pleased with is a series of lifesize sculptural portraits of Lowland Gorillas. This work has been evolving over the past few years.
Beyond the obvious appreciation of form I hope that the work elicits a personal and varied response from issues of fragility of existence to less tangible and more ephemeral ideas.
The notion that an individual creature may experience some spiritual dimension beyond its instinctive animal behaviours is the premise behind much of my work, and portraiture is often the vehicle I use to explore feeling and expression. As a sculptor of animal subject primates are an interesting and compelling choice of subject in their genetic proximity to human kind, and it is important to me that they are sculpted with sensitivity and empathy inviting the viewer to relate and reflect.
What is it about animals that inspires you to create art?
Human beings have a rich history of artistic engagement with the animal world for a variety of purposes. For me it is the astounding beauty of the natural world and my physical response to it; an attempt to understand and portray creatures that are so different and yet similar in many aspects of our mammal behaviours. It seems a very relevant activity with the list of critically endangered animals continually growing.
I exhibit at several major art fairs including London Art Fair and regularly have work selected and commended for the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation’s annual ‘Wildlife Artist of the Year’ Exhibition in London, who’s sole purpose is to raise money for many conservation projects across the globe.
How do you feel about being associated with the Lush prize?
Honoured, excited and initially extremely nervous as I hadn’t taken on such a major commission before, and as last year was the inaugural awards and I think Lush were very much feeling their way as well!
I’m Very pleased to be associated with Lush and their ambition to reward and promote the varied work of people in the field aiming to end the use of animal testing in our world.
Lush have been delightful to work for… incredibly relaxed and personal and not at all corporate! I think they have understood the importance of allowing the artist freedom to create and I think to that end have put great trust in me. I don’t really think they knew what they were getting until quite late on in the process when I was able to send images of the first of the hare trophies.
Each sculpture/award is individually made from scratch from terracotta paperclay. The earthy warmth of the material combined with an painterly, expressive and colourful finish I think reflects some of the qualities I associate with Lush products.
I live in rural north lincolnshire where thankfully hares are plentiful and always a delight to see on a daily basis.
Find out more on Nichola’s website.
Posted on: October 9 2013
The Lush Prize for outstanding contributions to replacing animal testing today announced its short list for the 2013 awards.
All of the short-listed projects have contributed to advancing animal-free safety testing, through scientific research, training, lobbying or public awareness in 2012.
Winners will be announced at the Lush Prize Awards which are scheduled to take place in London on November 13th 2013.
“This year’s short list is really impressive,” said Rob Harrison, a Lush Prize Director. “Some of our nominees are influencing international policy on animal testing and some have even helped change national laws.”
“It’s also great to see organisations making real progress in developing animal-free testing technologies and keeping the issue in the public eye through films and education. The global nature of this year’s short list also illustrates the global nature of the movement for change.”
Over forty projects from fourteen different countries have made it onto the final list, with successful nominations coming from as far apart as India, Brazil and New Zealand.
The full short list is:
|Humane Society International (HSI)||Brazil||For their work which led to the inclusion of animal-free testing methods in national cosmetic safety guidelines.|
|People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India||India||For their successful campaign to ban cosmetic testing on animals in India.|
|Stop Vivisection||Italy||For their public and political campaigning calling for an end to vivisection.|
|The Swedish Fund for Research without Animal Experiments||Sweden||For their work with Swedish regulators to replace animal testing.|
|Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT)||US||For their work informing and lobbying US and EU legislators on the alternatives to animal testing.|
|International Council on Animal Protection in OECD Programmes (ICAPO)||US||For their successful work with the OECD, now a world leader in the promotion of non-animal methods, approaches and policies.|
|Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine||US||For their work lobbying for legislative reform to include non-animal test methods in the US.|
|PETA, Laboratory Investigations Department||US||For their international work on policies requiring and encouraging the use of non-animal teaching, research and testing methods.|
|The Ghosts in Our Machine||Canada||For their cross-platform documentary illuminating the lives of individual animals living within and rescued from the machine of our modern world.|
|NOAH||Germany||For their innovative and memorable campaigns encouraging people to think about, and then re-think, animal testing.|
|Be Cruelty-Free Campaign, HSI||Global||For their multi-pronged campaigns for animal-free testing, which have helped to achieve international legislative change.|
|People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India||India||For their eye-catching popular campaigning which helped bring about a ban on cosmetic testing on animals in India.|
|Coordinamento Fermare Green Hill||Italy||For the rescue of 2700 beagles from a major European company breeding animals for vivisection.|
|SAFE||New Zealand||For publicising the use of animal-testing in national drugs regulation and helping consumers to buy cruelty-free products.|
|Andre Menache||UK||For his multi-platform and international campaigning against animal testing.|
|Beagle Freedom Project||US||For their high-profile work rescuing beagles from laboratories in the US and Europe.|
|PETA, Laboratory Investigations Department||US||For their high-profile campaigns against organisations testing on animals and providing support services for animal testing.|
|New England Anti-Vivisection Society||US||For their campaign to end the use of chimpanzees in US research and release them to sanctuary.|
|Paul Jennings, Innsbruck Medical University||Austria||For his work improving non-animal based predictive models for human drug and chemical safety.|
|In Vitro/Placental Group, University of Copenhagen||Denmark||For their research into maternal and foetal exposures to environmental risks and qualifying animal-free toxicology.|
|Pro Anima||France||For their work supporting biomedical research alternatives to animal testing.|
|Fozia Noor, Saarland University||Germany||For her work developing in vitro models and methods as alternatives to animal testing.|
|Alcyomics Ltd||UK||For their work developing a reliable and robust method for safety testing as an alternative to animal models.|
|In Vitro Toxicology Group, Swansea College of Medicine||UK||For their work promoting amendments to genotoxicity testing regulations leading to better in vitro tests and fewer animal tests.|
|Waters Research Group, University of Huddersfield||UK||For continuing her work developing alternatives to animal testing.|
|National Centre for Bowel Research and Surgical Innovation||UK||For their research on human gastrointestinal tissues, showing the low relevance of animal experiments to human pathophysiology.|
|Lung and Particle Research Group, Cardiff University||UK||For their work developing non-animal replacement models of the human respiratory system for inhalation toxicology applications.|
|QSAR and Molecular Modelling Group, Liverpool John Moores University||UK||For their work developing computational alternatives to animal testing to predict the effects of chemicals.|
|Kirkstall Ltd||UK||For their work developing and promoting technologies that enable animal-free study of biological systems.|
|Andrew Nelson, University of Leeds||UK||For his work in non-animal toxicology technology development.|
|Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT)||US||For their work developing and implementing a classical test system for animal-free toxicology methods.|
|Anna Maria Bassi, LARF||Italy||For the development and delivery of training courses in animal-free cell culture research in accordance with EU regulation.|
|Candida Nastrucci||Italy||For her work developing university courses and public seminars on in vitro alternatives to animal testing.|
|The Alexandra Association||Monaco||For their international promotion of Open Source based 3D tissue models as alternatives to animal testing.|
|Andrew Knight||UK||For his making his scientific research publicly available via popular journals and newspapers, and critically acclaimed books.|
|XCellR8 Ltd||UK||For providing training in ethically sound and scientifically advanced human cell culture research technologies.|
|International Network for Humane Education (InterNICHE)||UK||For developing and disseminating international resources to facilitate the implementation of alternatives to animal testing.|
|Andre Menache||UK||For his scientific research and teaching which demonstrates the greater effectiveness of animal-free testing.|
|Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS)||US||For their international work identifying and removing obstacles to implementing non-animal methods in safety assessment.|
|Alice Limonciel||Austria||For her research on improving predictions of human responses to chemicals through understanding molecular mechanisms.|
|Lydia Aschauer||Austria||For her research into the improvement of in-vitro models for testing toxicity effects on human kidneys.|
|Katja Reinhard||Germany||For her research into visual impairment and blindness using human retinal tissue in vitro.|
|Elia Ranzato||Italy||For his research into wound healing using drug strategies based on natural products and traditional medicines.|
|Simona Martinotti||Italy||For his research with Dr. Ranzato into wound healing using drug strategies based on natural products and traditional medicines.|
|Tariq Mahmood||Pakistan||For his work establishing experimental protocols for the testing of cosmetics directly on human skin.|
Posted on: September 21 2013
This week the Lush Prize is being represented at the annual congress of EUSAAT, the European Society for Alternatives to Animal Testing.
EUSAAT promotes the dissemination and validation of alternative methods to animal testing and promotion of research in the field of the 3Rs (refine, reduce, replace). Of course the Lush Prize is here to promote replacement as the only real alternative to animal testing.
Today we presented a poster explaining the purpose of the Lush Prize, highlighting its ‘black box’ / 21st century toxicology focus and featuring the wonderful winners of the 2012 Lush Prize.
You can download the poster in PDF format.
Posted on: September 15 2013
This year’s Lush Prize will be judged on 20th September in London by a panel of independent science and animal welfare experts from within industry and Animal Welfare NGOs.
We also know that there is a huge body of opinion against animal testing amongst ordinary people - and no one feels more strongly or wants changes more quickly than the general public.
So we have left room on the judging panel for one Lush Customer and one Lush Member of Staff.
You would sit with the experts, read through the entries and have an equal vote with them to decide the winners. The judging panel will be sent entries in advance to read, before spending a day together to discuss and make the final winning decisions.
This is a really exciting and important opportunity to make a difference to the plight of animals in testing – and we know the right people are out there amongst Lush’s staff and customers. Would you like to be the lay person on the panel who is there to represent animals and the public? Then please write to us and tell us a little about yourself and why you think you would be a great judge for the Lush Prize panel.
Please send your applications to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 30th August
Please only apply if you are available to read applications beforehand and are available on Friday 20th September to attend the judgement day in London. All expenses for the day will be covered by Lush.
Posted on: August 23 2013
Nominations for the 2013 Lush Prize have now closed. We received over 100
nominations with some fantastic projects to choose from in all five
The Lush Prize team here in Manchester will be busy in the coming weeks
compiling a short list of projects in each category to go forward to the
judges. The entries are truly global, including film-makers in Canada,
Young Researchers in Pakistan, and campaigners in India. We’re convinced
that the final winners will be an inspiring bunch.
Thanks to all those who entered and all those people who helped spread the word about the prize.
We’re also busy working on the research papers that will help us compile
Watch this space for more details of the Awards ceremony due to be held
in London in November.
Posted on: July 29 2013
With the deadline for submissions for the Lush Prize 2013 fast approaching nominations are flooding in.
So far we have received nominations from across the globe, including Canada, India, Sweden, Pakistan, Germany, USA, and France.
Nominations close on Monday 15th July so there is still time to nominate either your own organisation or someone else.
Posted on: July 12 2013
The 2013 Lush Prize is now open for nominations.
A further £250,000 is available for ‘outstanding contributions’ to replacing animal use in product safety testing.
Nominations and entries are sought across the same five categories as last year:
The closing date for nominations is July 15th 2013.
Projects achieving their goals in the last twelve months particularly are sought. Individuals can nominate projects they like, or organisations can nominate themselves.
Although there was great news last month that a complete ingredients testing ban was being enforced across Europe, animal tests on cosmetics and ingredients will still be carried out across Asia and the Americas.
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.
Posted on: April 15 2013