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November 16, 2012

Lush Cosmetics Awards Humane Society International Prize for ‘Outstanding’ Work to End Cruel and Outdated Animal Testing for Pesticides

Humane Society International

LONDON (16 Nov. 2012)—Humane Society International is delighted to be one of the first organisations to win an inaugural Lush Prize for Lobbying in recognition of its “outstanding contribution” to European Union policy interventions that will spare millions of beagle dogs, rabbits and other animals from severe and lethal pesticide testing. The annual prize from Lush Cosmetics, the ethical cosmetics giant, is designed to honour scientists, individuals and organisations whose work is of major significance in accelerating the replacement of animal testing for products and chemicals.

“Humane Society International is delighted to have been awarded a Lush Prize for our high-impact work to bring the science of safety testing into the 21st century with the very latest animal testing alternatives,” said Andrew Rowan, Ph.D., CEO and president of HSI. “Changing laws and regulations can take years of dedicated work, but when success comes, it can save many millions of animals from what would otherwise be the grueling and painful ordeal of chemical poisoning. We applaud Lush for launching this prize and congratulate other prize winners for their vital contributions.”

HSI received £40,000 for being selected to win in the lobbying category for leadership of a successful two-year campaign that dramatically reduced animal-testing requirements under Europe’s new regulations for non-food pesticides. HSI conducted a painstaking analysis of EU pesticide data requirements, preparing and championing more than 80 legislative amendments aimed at replacing or reducing animal use while maintaining the same high level of human health and environmental protection. Taken together, the HSI amendments now adopted by EU countries have the potential to reduce animal test requirements for new non-food pesticides by up to 50 percent—the single largest such reduction ever achieved. HSI is now seeking to save millions more animals from needless suffering by exporting these life-saving “best practices” to pesticide regulations in other countries, as well as having them adopted fully under Europe’s REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) regulation.

Lush and HSI believe that testing on animals to produce new cosmetic products or ingredients is unjustified. Lush has been a partner of HSI’s Be Cruelty-Free campaign, engaging people worldwide to take a stand against purchasing animal-tested cosmetics. Scientists affiliated with HSI served as judges for the Lush Prize and recused themselves from voting on prize categories in which HSI was nominated.

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Media contact: Wendy Higgins, +44 (0) 7989 972 423, whiggins@hsi.org

Humane Society International and its partner organisations together constitute one of the world's largest animal protection organisations — backed by 11 million people. For nearly 20 years, HSI has been working for the protection of all animals through the use of science, advocacy, education and hands-on programmes. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty worldwide — on the Web at hsi.org/becrueltyfree.

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