The Centre is a unique voice for animals – we are the first and only think tank for animals to carry out ground-breaking research within the discipline of politics to understand and overcome the deep-rooted obstacles to animal protection.

A registered charity, the Centre was founded in 2011 by Dr Dan Lyons and Angela Roberts, two of Britain’s leading animal advocates, with the support of campaigners and academics. The Centre’s work is based on Dr Lyons’ award-winning research into the politics of animal protection which reveals that animal advocacy in the UK – and many other countries – is fundamentally limited by a government structure that is systematically antagonistic to the protection of animal welfare.

Our achievements include:

We produce new knowledge that aims to have a practical impact for the sake of animals. Our research is published in peer-reviewed outlets and presented at academic conferences, confirming its high quality. We then present our insights in ways suitable for our wider audience of animal advocates, policy-makers and the public.

Sir Brian May CBE addresses CASJ/University of Leicester seminar on wild animal welfare at the University of Leicester, April 2012

Our Team

Trustees

Jeremy Chipperfield

Jeremy Chipperfield is a Barrister at Goldsmith Chambers, specialising in civil liberties and human rights. He is a co-founder and Trustee of the UK Centre for Animal Law. He has been appointed as a Senior Coroner in the North East of England.

Professor Rob Garner

Robert Garner is Emeritus Professor of Politics at the University of Leicester in the UK. He has an international reputation for his work on the politics and ethics of animal protection. His books include Political Animals (Macmillan, 1988), Animals, Politics and Morality (Manchester University Press, 2004), The Political Theory of Animal Rights (Manchester University Press, 2005), Animal Ethics (Polity, 2005), A Theory of Justice for Animals (OUP, 2013), and The Oxford Group and the Emergence of Animal Rights (OUP, 2020).

Angela Roberts

Angela Roberts co-founded the animal protection group Uncaged in 1993. She led Uncaged until 2011, during which time she oversaw international campaigns against animal experimentation such as the Global Boycott of Procter & Gamble and against xenotransplantation (animal-to-human organ transplants). In 2011 Angela then helped to develop Uncaged into the Centre for Animal and Social Justice, applying her extensive animal advocacy experience to begin addressing the undemocratic political and power structures that frustrate progress in animal protection.

 

CEO & Research Director

Dr Dan Lyons

Dan Lyons started campaigning with Uncaged in 1994. Between 2000 and 2003 he successfully fought a legal battle with Novartis Pharma over the publication of leaked documents from Huntingdon Life Sciences and the Home Office with revealed illegal cruelty in pig-to-primate organ transplants and collusion between Government inspectors and researchers to evade welfare laws and conceal illegal conduct.

He gained his PhD at the University of Sheffield in 2006, winning awards including the UK Political Studies Association’s Best Thesis in Government and Public Administration. In 2013 an updated version of his thesis was published entitled The Politics of Animal Experimentation (Palgrave Macmillan). He has been Research Director and CEO of the CASJ since 2011. Other previous posts have included Honorary Research Fellow at the Department of Politics at Sheffield, member of the Irish Government’s National Committee for the Protection of Animals Used for Scientific Purposes and RSPCA Trustee.