This year’s Stiansen Award has been awarded to the Norwegian organization Norecopa, for their efforts to replace and reduce the use of animal experiments. The Stiansen Award, which is awarded by the animal foundation Dag S. Stiansens Stiftelse, consists of a contribution of NOK 50,000 and a sculpture by artist Elena Engelsen.
– Animal experiments is something that I dislike. Norecopa’s work is very important and they deserve both praise and attention. It is therefore a pleasure to give them this award, says Dag S. Stiansen, founder and chairman of the board at Dag S. Stiansens Stiftelse.
The Stiansen Award is presented annually to individuals or organizations that have made extraordinary efforts to promote animal rights and welfare. A council at the foundation proposes candidates to the board based on nominations received from animal supporters worldwide, whereas the board makes the final decision.
– The use of animals for research purposes is a common practice in medical research and can contribute to important expertise. However, the use of animal experiments is a disputed field. It is therefore important to reduce such activities as much as possible and actively strive to avoid animal suffering. Norecopa is doing important work to reduce the use of animal experiments by providing viable alternatives. This is done by presenting an updated database of alternative practices and knowledge that can provide actual improvements for the animals, says professor and veterinarian Frode Lingaas, chairman of the foundation council at Dag S. Stiansens Stiftelse.
The foundation council is an independent expert body that provides advice and recommendations to the board. The council consists of: Frode Lingaas, professor and veterinarian, Guri Larsen, professor in criminology, Unni Lindell, author, Lise Myhre, cartoonist, Roger Petterson, secretary general of the WPSA in Sweden, Maria Været Veggeland, ethologist and Bodil Eikeset, leader of Norsk Huskattforening. The members work at their own initiative without pay.
Half a million in project funding
Dag S. Stiansens Stiftelse also provides financial support for projects that promote the welfare and rights of animals. Project funding is delegated based on the applications received online. This year, a total of NOK 450,000 has been awarded to the following projects/organizations:
- Minding Animals
- SOS Animal Sri Lanka
- Dyrebeskyttelsen Nord-Jæren
- Kattfotens Katthem
- Dyrebeskyttelsen Norge, avd. Bergen og Hordaland
- Dyrevern Ung
- The project «Forby pelsfarmene»
- Fabelfjord AS – film project
For more information, please contact: info(at)stiansenstiftelsen.no.