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End the suffering of Vietnamese bile bears

The gallbladder of the bile bear is punctured with a needle through the abdominal wall. The anaesthetic is often administered unprofessionally or is too weak. This means that the bear is subjected to incredible pain in a waking state.  

After extraction, the wounds often become inflamed. Bears whose bile is regularly extracted suffer from painful abscesses, blood poisoning or even cancer of the liver.

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#THANKSEBAY!

It’s becoming more and more common to buy pets online via classified ads sites. No matter if you are seeking a puppy, a kitten, a rabbit or a even a horse. The worldwide online trade of animals is booming. However, poor regulations have allowed many classified ads sites to become a haven for deception and animal suffering.

The anonymous online puppy trade must stop! Help us push ebay into action!

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#NOTONMYPLATE

We criticise the way public procurement of animal products is undertaken. Many institutions, such as schools, universities and hospitals, buy large quantities of meat, eggs and milk - without paying attention to the origin and quality of the products.

We are calling on public institutions to ensure they only source products that consider animal welfare!

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recent updates

Press, blog posts, rescues and other news.

Last Day on Lombok

Looking back on our 15 day mission in Indonesia


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#PRADAFURFREE

Together with the Fur Free Alliance we call on another luxury fashion brand to go fur-free


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Dog Meat Trade Indonesia

Beach paradise turns into hell for thousands of animals every year


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30 Years of FOUR PAWS

In 1988, Heli Dungler in Austria founded the internationally active animal welfare organisation FOUR PAWS.


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wildlife SANCTUARIES

We provide species-appropriate homes for rescued animals all over the world.

Big Cat Sanctuary LIONSROCK

A species-appropriate home for more than 100 animals, mainly big cats rescued from zoos, private captivity or the entertainment industry.

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Geretteter Tiger aus Syrien genießt die Abendsonne in FELIDA

FELIDA Big Cat Centre

Our FOUR PAWS rescue centre for big cats in the Netherlands

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Dancing Bears Park Belitsa

A safe haven for former dancing bears

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Bär Pashuk aus dem BÄRENWALD Prishtina

BEAR SANCTUARY Prishtina

The FOUR PAWS BEAR SANCTUARY in Kosovo 

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BEAR SANCTUARY Arbesbach

An animal-friendly home for abused bears since 1998

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BEAR SANCTUARY Mueritz

The biggest BEAR SANCTUARY in Western Europe

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Arosa Bear Sanctuary

The first bear sanctuary in Switzerland

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Domazhyr Bear Sanctuary

The FOUR PAWS BEAR SANCTUARY in Ukraine 

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BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh

A new home for bile bears at the BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh!

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Big Cat Centre TIERART

FOUR PAWS offers an animal-friendly sanctuary in Germany

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Animal Rescues

Read more about our emotional animal rescues.

Rescue May and Binh Yen

FOUR PAWS ends the keeping of bile bears in Ninh Binh province

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Rescue Masoud and Terez

Two Bulgarian lion cubs find a new home in our Big Cat Centre FELIDA

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Rescue Riku

FOUR PAWS brings Albanian bear Riku to DANCING BEARS PARK Belitsa

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Rescue Ivan-Asen

Rescued from a zoo in Bulgaria and brought to our Big Cat Centre FELIDA

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Rescue Manya

Ukrainian restaurant bear rescued by FOUR PAWS

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Rescue Jeta

New home for one of Europe's saddest bears

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