From mushroom leather and recycled ocean plastics in the clothing industry to replace animal leather, and placenta-on-a-chip that replaces toxin studies in mice and monkeys, to SynFrog dissection software that keeps the declining frog population safe in nature, and “horse breeding” using non-fungible tokens instead of forced insemination, animal use is being replaced with innovative technology as creative, young minds apply themselves to finding ways to save the environment, stop pollution, improve human health, and end society’s archaic dependence on animals as our surrogates, tools, amusements, and in other exploitive ways.
If you can use your talents to save animals from exploitation, you could score a Future Without Speciesism Cash Award. PETA is awarding prizes of $1,000 to $10,000 to students who come up with a game-changing idea that they can develop into a specific action plan or design to replace animal use. This award does not convey ownership rights to PETA or prevent you from patenting your invention. Applicants are asked to identify an area in which animals are still exploited and to create a potentially patentable, original idea or prototype that allows for their replacement. Inventions should be marketable as a viable alternative to the methods you seek to replace. Students can work in teams or as individuals. Prize amounts will be determined by PETA and are based on the workability, practicality, and promise of the suggested alternative. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.