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 Top award for Uncaged's Dr Dan Lyons

Uncaged's Campaigns Director Dr Dan Lyons has won a top national prize for his ground-breaking academic research into the history of how animal testing laws have been made and implemented in Britain.

Having won the prize for the outstanding thesis of 2007 at Sheffield University's Department of Politics, his study has now won the Political Studies Association's (PSA) Walter Bagehot prize for the best thesis on Government and Public Administration. The PSA is the learned society for political science in the UK. Dan was presented with the award at their annual conference in Swansea on 2nd April.

The study used leaked documents describing pig-to-primate organ transplant experiments as a unique case study of how animal research regulations are really implemented. Professor William Maloney, who judged the prize, said:

"Dr Lyons' thesis is theoretically and conceptually sophisticated, and the descriptive component of Dr Lyons' work is rich in detail and his analysis is thorough and excellent."

The unique expertise acknowledged by this award firmly establishes Uncaged as a leading national voice for animals and the vast majority of the public who are concerned about their welfare and rights.

Dr Lyons comments:

"This award gives great strength to the case I made in my thesis that when deciding whether animal experiments should take place and how much suffering is allowed, the Government does not give animals in laboratories the level of protection and respect that the public expects and demands. I hope my work will be a stepping stone towards fairer and more compassionate scrutiny of animal testing in future. Uncaged will be vigorously campaigning and lobbying the Government for these historic changes."

Pictured above is Dr Lyons receiving his award from Professor Dianne Pinderhughes, President of the American Political Studies Association.

Uncaged Campaigns 18.04.08

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