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Against 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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other areas of our work

Help end animal suffering around the world!

Ai Weiwei concerned about elephants in Myanmar

Chinese artist visited several elephant camps with his team and us to get an idea of the elephants’ living conditions


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Tackling the cruel dog and cat meat trade in Asia

The consumption of dogs and cats is one of the most controversial animal practices today.


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10 amazing facts about goats

What do you know about these animals


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30 years FOUR PAWS

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


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OUR SANCTUARIES

Providing 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 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 Arbesach

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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BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr

The FOUR PAWS BEAR SANCTUARY in Ukraine 

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BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh

A new home for 100 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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