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Dr Dan Lyons with the Arthur Ling Memorial AwardUncaged's Dr Dan Lyons recognised for animal protection work

Uncaged's Campaigns Director Dr Dan Lyons has been awarded two prestigious prizes in recognition of the impact and quality of his research into animal experimentation.

This year the Arthur Ling Memorial Award sponsored by Plamil Foods goes to Dr Dan Lyons from Uncaged. In memory of vegan pioneer and ethical innovator Arthur Ling who died in 2005, the Arthur Ling Memorial award, sponsored by dairy free chocolate manufacturer Plamil Foods, uncovers vegans working hard to change the world we live in and help it to be more ethical.

Adrian Ling, who runs Plamil Foods, who initiated this award said:

"We couldn't think of a better way to celebrate my father's spirit of innovation and also encourage, publicise and reward people or groups who innovative projects that make a difference to people, animals and the environment."

Dr Lyons was awarded the prize in recognition of his groundbreaking PhD research into how laws and regulations dealing with animal experiments have developed in Britain over the past 150 years. This establishes Dr Lyons as one of the country's leading authorities on the highly-charged issue of animal testing.

The quality and originality of his PhD thesis has also earned him the Andrew Gamble Prize for the Outstanding Thesis of 2006-7, awarded by a committee of academics at Sheffield University's Department of Politics, which is one of the top three centres for politics research in Britain.

Dr Lyons said:

"I am deeply humbled and honoured to receive both awards. My PhD research was an epic process, and it has produced important breakthroughs showing that animal experimentation in the UK is much crueller and much more weakly regulated than the public is led to believe. I hope that by revealing the illegal and secretive world of animal experiments, I can help protect defenceless animals from severe suffering and make British politics more democratic and ethical."

Dan was presented with the Arthur Ling Memorial Award at the award at the 'Christmas Without Cruelty' National Exhibition in Kensington Town Hall in London on Sunday 2nd December.

Uncaged Campaigns 18.12.07

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