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. 

FOur Paws Work

TSK laying hens


Represents the best practice in farm animal welfare

Chickens in cage

End the Cage Age

Countless animals in Europe have to spend their lives in cages. Sign up to join the community for a cage-free world!

Foie Gras Production in Bulgaria

Foie Gras

The dark side of a delicacy


Live Feather Plucking

Live feather plucking harms animals


Hidden Cage Eggs in Processed Food

Hens still suffer in narrow cages

Sheep for wool production

Sheep Wool

Painful mutilations – the bloody business of sheep wool production

Dairy cows being milked

Milk Madness: The Torment of Dairy Cows

What suffering is behind your daily glass of milk?

Cattle in the stable in Germany

The Life of Beef Cattle

Roast beef and veal schnitzel: The cruelty behind farming of cattle fattened for meat

Veal calf

The Suffering of Calves

A distressing and sad youth for the by-products of the meat and dairy industry

Buffalo calves suffer from extreme cruelty

Buffalo mozzarella: a premium product with hidden cruelty

Recent FOUR PAWS investigation shows still dreadful conditions on Italian farms

Rabbit farm in Hungary

Farmed Rabbits

Learn more about how rabbits suffer in cages to end up on a plate


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?

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Our food choices

has a direct impact on the lives of animals

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Worth knowing

Interesting and surprising facts about so-called 'farm animals'

A flock of sheep

10 Facts about Sheep

Did you know, that sheep are very gentle animals?

Goat enjoying eating the vegetables

10 Facts about Goats

What do you know about these animals?


10 Facts about Pigs

Did you know that pigs like to cuddle?

Happy chickens

10 Facts About Chickens

There's a lot more to chickens than being simple egg and meat suppliers 

Dairy cow

10 Facts about Dairy Cattle

Interesting and surprising facts about cows


10 Facts about Ducks

Did you know that all ducks have highly waterproof feathers?


10 Facts about Geese

Did you know that geese are good "guard dogs"?

Free range pigs enjoying the mud

A Natural Day in the Life of a Pig

Rooting, rolling, wallowing – how pigs would like to live