Uncaged Campaigns: Against animal testing and experiments
Uncaged Campaigns, campaigning against vivisection

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After almost 20 years of campaigning, Uncaged has evolved into a completely unique charity dedicated to researching and tackling the underlying causes of systematic animal harm: the Centre for Animals and Social Justice (CASJ). Click here to contact us.

Founded in November 1993, by Angela Roberts and Lynn Williamson, and based in Sheffield, England, Uncaged campaigned against animal experiments and in particular against xenotransplantation (animal to human transplants). In 1994 we launched the global boycott of animal testing company Procter & Gamble. We campaigned for democratic action on animal issues through the political system. Fifty years after the Declaration of Human Rights was ratified Uncaged launched International Animal Rights Day in 1998 as a focus for our Universal Declaration of Animal Rights.

About uncaged

Over 19 years Uncaged developed a unique campaigning approach which placed us at the forefront of the anti-vivisection movement.

Addressing the Diaries of Despair rallyDemonstrating against IAMS at CruftsAddressing the Diaries of Despair rally Lynn Williamson Uncaged founder Who cares wins!

Our campaigns were based on painstaking research, producing results that command widespread respect from media, politicians and the public alike. Underpinning all of our work is:

  • unwavering opposition to the abuse of animals
  • a scientific critique of animal experiments
  • a commitment to democracy, human and nonhuman rights, and environmental sustainability

Uncaged was uniquely holistic. We operated at every level, from grassroots protests to lobbying Parliament, through to participation in academic discourse. We contributed to numerous Government consultation exercises on animal experimentation matters and gave evidence to their enquiries. Our analysis appeared in journals and was quoted by researchers. National and international media covered our groundbreaking work.

Our principle campaigns demonstrate the breadth and depth of the Uncaged philosophy:

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  • Diaries of Despair. A brave and truly historic exposé of pig-to-primate organ transplant experiments in the UK, followed by a monumental legal victory over biotech company Imutran and their parent corporation Novartis, on public interest grounds. Uncaged won the right to place thousands of confidential documents into the public domain, giving an unprecedented insight into the harrowing reality of animal experiments and collusion between researchers and government to avoid animal welfare regulations.

  • Xenotransplantation. Research into animal-to-human organ transplants has threatened to create a new wave of cruel animal exploitation and increase risks to public health through introducing new viruses from pigs into the human population. Uncaged led the global opposition to the development of xenotransplantation.

  • Global Boycott of Procter & Gamble. This long-running campaign struck at the commercial heart of animal testing for cosmetics and household products.

  • Political animals. Explaining the UK Government's capitulation to commercial interests and betrayal of animals. Our Vote4Animals projects led the way in showing how the public could use their votes to represent animals.

  • Universal Declaration of Animal Rights. Animal rights are a logical progression from basic human rights - the two concepts are inextricably linked. Animal welfare is an empty concept without the legal right to have that welfare protected. Uncaged promoted an international debate about the ethical and political status of animals and campaigned for international recognition of animal rights.