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Lush launches the 5th edition of its international contest to support initiatives against animal testing

Scientists and activists from all over the world are invited to apply for the annual Lush Prize, which has already raised over 1 million euros in previous years to support actions against animal testing.

With a prize at stake of £250,000 (approx. €315,000), the Lush Prize, the fruit of collaboration between Lush and the Ethical Consumer Research association, is the world's largest fund rewarding actions taken to combat scientific testing on animals. 55 projects from 22 countries have already benefited from the support of this prize: animal protection organizations from all over the world, from Taiwan and Russia to Sweden with the Karolinska Institute and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in France. Entries for the Lush Prize 2016 will open on Monday April 25, one day after World Laboratory Animal Day.

The Lush Prize is divided into 5 distinct categories: Science, Education, Young Researchers, Lobbying and Public Awareness - all working to find alternatives to end scientific testing on animals, but also to raise awareness of this global issue.
Last year, a sixth category, the Black Box Prize, was introduced to reward pioneering work in mapping "human chains of toxicity". Thanks to their research buy priligyFor the first time ever, these scientists have shed light at the molecular level on the toxicity of a chemical when absorbed by cells, and the resulting reactions in the human body. The winners of the Black Box Prize exceptionally received the full £250,000 (€315,000) initially up for grabs. Lush then decided to add a further £200,000 (€251,000) for the winners of the other categories, bringing the overall Prize to £450,000 (approx. €637,456) for this unique 4th edition. The latest edition also rewarded 19 young researchers from 9 countries. Each received £10,000 (€12,500) to encourage them to continue their research work in this field. This year, the judges are particularly keen to reach young researchers from Asia and America, where there is a real lack of support for projects against animal testing.

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