Farm animals

FOUR PAWS has been working for decades to improve conditions in relation to the breeding, transport and slaughter of so-called farm animals such as cattle, ducks, poultry, pigs and sheep. Each year, billions of farm animals die after a short life in a terrible environment.
Our international campaigns have successfully initiated a transition towards animal-friendlier down production in the textile and bedding industry. One of FOUR PAWS' long-term goals is to achieve a ban on keeping laying hens in cages.

A few years ago, FOUR PAWS initiated an animal welfare labelling scheme to provide consumers of animal products with details on breeding, transport and slaughter. Our aim is to help consumers make informed decisions and to support alternative, animal-friendlier production. 

(c) FOUR PAWS | Fred Dott

End the Cage Age

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Animal Transport

Our work and how you can support us


Foie Gras

How animals are tortured to produce this delicacy


Hidden Cage Eggs in Processed Food

Hens still suffer in narrow cages



Painful mutilations – the bloody business of sheep wool production


Buffalo mozzarella: a premium product with hidden cruelty

Recent FOUR PAWS investigation shows still dreadful conditions on Italian farms


mutilation of farm animals

Why is so much surgery carried out without anaesthesia?

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Age of Farm Animals

How old would a cow, a pig or a hen get to be if the animals were not slaughtered?


Our food choices

has a direct impact on the lives of animals

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