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Our updates, press releases, blog posts, rescues, publications and other news – month by month

august 2022

Our updates and stories of August

Dog with collar

Dog Collars

Why making the right choice is so important 


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Dog on leash

Which Leash Suits Which Dog?

A must-have for dog owners 


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Tiger Bela

Reading Between the Stripes

Myth-busting facts about tigers


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Cat Pino

Black Cat Appreciation Day

FOUR PAWS puts black cats in the spotlight 


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Rescue Seven Romanian Lions

Rescue Seven Romanian Lions

From sadness to safety: Simba and his siblings found their new home!


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Lioness Geena arrives at LIONSROCK

Five lions rescued from Romania last year arrive at South African forever home

Former owner keeps exploiting rescued lions’ parents and one-year-old cub


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Rescue Jenny, Toby and Moris

Rescue Jenny, Toby and Moris

From being props to life in paradise, three bears cubs begin their new lives at BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr


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Rescue Bé and Em

Rescue Bé and Em

Stolen for the illegal wildlife trade, two orphaned bear cubs are safe now


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Lion in Sudan

#SaveSudanLions

Updates on Kandaka and Mansour


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Raccoon dog at a fur farm

Copenhagen Fashion Week Goes Fur Free

A historic moment for the fashion industry in Denmark


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Raccoon dog in Finland

Fur Bans

FOUR PAWS advocates for an end of fur farming


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Cat

Cat-Sitting Season

FOUR PAWS offers tips on giving your feline friend a relaxed holiday too


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Cat

Cats and Collars

Are cat collars safe? Potential dangers cat owners must know


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Bear Ida at BEAR SANCTUARY Müritz

#BehindTheScenes at BEAR SANCTUARY Müritz

Susanne Penschke tells us more about her job as an animal caretaker at BEAR SANCTUARY Müritz 


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Bear Sam

Rescue Sam and Jamila

After many years in poor captivity, a new chapter for the brown bears begins


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Stray dog

Rescue of Stray Animals in Southeast Asia

From misery to happiness – these dogs and cats got a second chance


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Dog

Planning Your Holiday When Your Dog Can’t Come With You

Leaving your dog with friends, family or in a boarding kennel


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Cat in carrier

Travelling With Your Cat

Not every cat is suited to be taken on a trip


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Types of Husbandry for Laying Hens

Types of Husbandry for Laying Hens

How do chickens live in a cage, a barn, in free-range or in organic farming systems?


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July 2022

Our updates and stories of July

Handover event 'This is not Vietnam' in Hanoi, Vietnam

33,000 Vietnamese Citizens and Residents Call For An End To The Dog And Cat Meat Trade

FOUR PAWS hosted event in Hanoi to handover petition to the Vietnamese government 


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Lion Nikola at FELIDA

#BehindTheScenes at FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary

Afien Groenhof-Westra is an animal caretaker at FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary and gives us an exclusive look behind the scenes 


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Minks at a fur farm

Leading Scientists Show Animal Market in China the Starting Point of the COVID-19 Outbreak

The co-authored studies were published on Tuesday in the world-renowned journal Science


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Sick dog with his owner

Buying a puppy online comes with high risks

FOUR PAWS warns of the dangers of buying a puppy online 


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Dog in a field

Awns: Why They Pose a Danger to Dogs

Avoid tall grasses and fields of cereal crops to protect your dog


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Stray dog

Staying Safe Around Street Dogs

What to be aware of and how to behave 


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Chico

Laura’s Story

Little Chico was sold with neither passport, nor proof of vaccination, and with a deadly disease


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Investigation into calf farms in Spain, 2021

Meat sales over climate goals for European food retailers

FOUR PAWS ranks leading DACH & UK supermarkets on meat reduction strategies 


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Puma

Puma's Story

Special in every way – cat Puma was a fighter


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Dog Helga

Helga's Story

Always remembered – FOUR PAWS dog Helga was rescued from the illegal puppy trade 


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Dog Harald

Harald's Story

The greatest love and the greatest loss!


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Cat

Coping With the Death of a Pet

The loss of a much-loved animal can leave a huge void in your life


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Dog being hugged

Preparing to Say Goodbye to Your Pet

What to consider before your pet's passing 


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Sleeping dog

Letting Your Pet Go

Knowing when the time has come to say goodbye


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Dog

Saying Farewell to Your Pet

The death of a beloved animal means loosing a best friend


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Animal Welfare and Tourism

Animal Welfare and Tourism

Selfies with bears in chains or petting lion cubs? Animal welfare should not stop on holiday!


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Dog in a car

Travelling With Your Dog by Car

Guide for Dog Owners: How to drive your dog relaxed in the car


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Guinea pig

Protect Guinea Pigs from Summer Heat

The importance of keeping guinea pigs cool in the summer


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Cat-Friendly Water Bowl

Cat-Friendly Water Bowl

A how-to guide to keep your cat hydrated and entertained


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Pools are a danger to animals

Swimming Pools Pose a Danger to Pets and Wildlife!

Having a swimming pool is fun, but there are risks for animals that can be prevented


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Bears happy in the sunshine

Summer in our Sanctuaries

Beautiful pictures of our rescued animals enjoying the season


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Dog standing next to a suitcase

Travelling with a Dog

How to plan and prepare for a trip with your furry friend


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Dogs outside

Pets in Hot Weather

What pet owners should know to keep their four-legged friends safe


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What do dogs enjoy doing on holiday?

What Do Dogs Enjoy Doing on Holiday?

Guide for dog owners: Ideas for a dog-friendly vacation


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Merino sheep on a field

Online retail giant Zalando sets example against animal suffering in merino wool

FOUR PAWS 'Brand Letter of Intent' calls on Wool Industry to stop mutilation of lambs


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JUNE 2022

Our updates and stories of June

Two lion cubs in Bulgaria

Wild Animals in Zoos

Accommodating animals according to their needs


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Tigress Varvara at TIERART

#BehindTheScenes at TIERART Wild Animal Sanctuary

Chief Animal Caretaker for big cats, Christopher Nunheim, gives us an exclusive look behind the scenes at the wild animal sanctuary in Germany


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Dog in a car on a sunny day

Could Your Car Become a Heat Trap?

Why you should never leave your dog in the car in warm weather


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Rescue lion cub Nikola

Rescue Nikola

A traumatic start in life with a happy ending


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Lion cub Nikola at his new outdoor enclosure at FELIDA

A lion cub’s journey across Europe to a better life

FOUR PAWS transfers rescued lion Nikola from Montenegro to FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary 


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Robin

Special Enrichment for Orangutan Robin

Overly attached to humans, he will stay under our care for the rest of his life


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Dog in a cage for the DCMT in Indonesia

Dog slaughterhouse owner in Indonesia sentenced to 12 months in jail for trading in stolen dogs for human consumption

This is the third conviction of a dog meat trafficker since the national government’s declaration in 2018 that 'dogs are not food'


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Cattle with horns in the pasture

Mutilation of Cattle

Painful interventions are carried out on cattle without anaesthesia


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Bella

Anonymous Story

Without her vital vaccinations, Bella fell ill with canine parvovirus and her family did everything they could to save her


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Therapy dog Busia

Former stray dog Busia assists therapy for recovering soldiers in Ukraine

FOUR PAWS Animal Assisted Therapy programme provides emotional support and PTSD prevention


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Nike action in Belgium

Over 50,000 sport enthusiasts want 50-year-jubilee Nike to stop using cruel wool

FOUR PAWS welcomes strong signal and urges market leader to switch to certified wool to help prevent the mutilation of lambs


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Dog in the destroyed town of Bucha

From the ruins: How stray animals are being taken care of in the streets of Bucha and other Ukrainian cities

FOUR PAWS delivers help in full capacity again for homeless dogs and cats across the country


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Chicks, hatched hours earlier, are sorted, with the healthiest to be vaccinated.

Over 20 NGOs want EU to stop the killing of hundreds of millions of chicks every year

Animal welfare groups join forces in historical coalition to demand an end to this savage practice


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May 2022

Our updates and stories of May

Rescue Bé and Em

Rescue Bé and Em

Stolen for the illegal wildlife trade, two orphaned bear cubs are safe now


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Scared dog

Separation Anxiety in Dogs

What can you do if your dog doesn’t like being left home alone? 


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Cat looking scared

Fireworks Are Frightening to Pets

Your pet and fireworks: what you need to know


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Dog and his owner

Pet Owners Can Help Their Fearful Pets

How can fear, anxiety and phobia be prevented or eased? 


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Cat

Fear, Anxiety and Phobias in Pet Animals

Our pets can experience fear and anxiety just like we do


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Chihuahua puppy

VeriPet – the Technical Solution to Stop Illegal Puppy Traders

Regulating online puppy trade with the help of technology


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Chihuahua puppy

Tackling the illegal puppy trade in Europe

FOUR PAWS and Europetnet launch ‘VeriPet’ in Switzerland to significantly reduce the illegal online puppy trade


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Bear Sam on his way to Arosa Bear Sanctuary

From North Macedonia to Switzerland

FOUR PAWS transfers two brown bears to new home in the Swiss alps


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Bear cubs Bé and Em at BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh

Bear cubs tied in sack and offered for sale in Vietnam

FOUR PAWS rescues two Asiatic black bears from the illegal wildlife trade


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Fox in a cage at a fur farm

A Chance to Make History: ECI Could Finally Achieve a Ban on Fur Farming Across the EU

Today, NGOs, with the support of several MEPs, marks the launch of the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) which aims to achieve an EU-wide ban on fur farming


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Elina's Story

Elina’s Story

Poor breeding conditions left both of Elina’s puppies fighting for their lives


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Reggie

Richard's Story

Reggie immediately became seriously unwell, leading to Richard starting a campaign against the illegal puppy trade


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Raccoon at TIERART enjoying lunch

Happy Animals of Ours

Cuteness overload – Some of our rescued animals are here to brighten up your day!


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Cat outdoors

Cats on a Lead

Reasons for the trend and what cat owners should know


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Poppy

Christine's Story

After 8 long months of emotional turmoil and stress, Christine is still dealing with the ramifications of the illegal puppy trade


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Belitsa exhibition at BEAR SANCTUARY Belitsa

BEAR SANCTUARY Belitsa – 20 year anniversary and a new name

FOUR PAWS opens exhibition in remembrance of the last “dancing bears”


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FOUR PAWS loading pet food supplies into a train headed to Ukraine

A second delivery of 20 tonnes of food for zoo animals in Ukraine

FOUR PAWS partners with Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) to provide relief for war-torn zoos


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April 2022

Our updates and stories of April

Bears kissing

Tips for a Loving Mother's Day

9 animal-friendly Mothers Day ideas that come from the heart


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Bear Dushi at BEAR SANCTUARY Müritz

#BehindTheScenes at BEAR SANCTUARY Müritz

Animal Caretaker Bianca Wöhlke gives us a look behind the scenes at the German bear sanctuary


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Amir Khalil veterinarian at FOUR PAWS

Mission to Ukraine

Emergency food delivery for zoo animals in Ukraine


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Sick puppy

Cute. Quick. Sick.

Learn more about the illegal puppy trade


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Athlete

New brutal mulesing footage puts pressure on Nike

FOUR PAWS together with pro athletes call on sportswear giant to “Just Don't Do It”


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Orangutan Lestari

Orangutan Lestari

The traumatised female is a quick learner. On her first day in the forest she already built three nests!


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Orangutan Indra

Orangutan Indra

Showing curiosity for social interactions with others, the orphan orangutan loves to play and explore


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Orangutan Bhima

Orangutan Bhima

After recovering from his broken arm, Bhima is finally enjoying climbing and playing in the forest


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Help for strays

The 'STRAYS' Project

A scientific project to determine the most sustainable, effective, and efficient method of managing the number of stray dogs


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Chicken

Tips for an Animal-Friendly Easter

Some Easter traditions and treats may have cruelty behind them


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Dog Meat Market Indonesia

Dog Trafficker in Indonesia Sentenced to Record Jail Term

Trafficker, Guruh Tri Susilo, was sentenced to 17 months' imprisonment for trading in stolen dogs for human consumption


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Merino sheep on a pasture

Cruel wool in sportswear is in high season

Biggest manufacturer Nike without clear commitment to phase out from animal cruelty methods


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Live cattle transport

92% of EU Citizens Want Better Animal Welfare, According to European Commission Consultation

European Commission consultation shows that vast majority of its citizens want stronger animal welfare legislation


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FOUR PAWS loading pet food supplies into a van headed to Ukraine

FOUR PAWS to deliver nearly 20 tons of animal food to war-torn Ukraine

Ukrainian zoos at risk of running out of food supplies – FOUR PAWS acting upon official request from Ukrainian authorities


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Tigress Dehli

Rescue Dehli

We are sad to announce that we had to say farewell to this very special tigress


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Stray animal care in Ukraine

UPAW keeps delivering tonnes of food to animal shelters in Ukraine

FOUR PAWS and partners provide urgent help for thousands of dogs and cats


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Argentinian Train tigers settling into their first enclosure at LIONSROCK

Former ‘train tigers’ enjoy tiger-worthy life in South Africa

FOUR PAWS rescued four tigers from a train carriage in Argentina in early March


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Bear Vova before rescue

Rescue Vova

No more entertaining – a new life awaits the Ukrainian restaurant bear


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March 2022

Our updates and stories of March

Bear Thi

Rescue Nine Bile Bears

From life behind bars to paradise: Almost two decades in captivity are over


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Bear Vova before rescue

Animal welfare efforts continue even in times of war

FOUR PAWS rescues former ‘restaurant bear’ in Ukraine


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UPAW emergency feeding in Ukraine

FOUR PAWS and Partners Provide Urgent Help to Animal Shelters in Ukraine

A new platform distributes food and supplies to shelters where help is needed the most 


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Hens

Tenth Annual Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare:

Four out of five companies have policies in place, but the food industry must move faster to deliver meaningful welfare impacts


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Argentinian Train Tigers arriving at LIONSROCK

From Argentina to South Africa: ‘Train tigers’ feel grass under their paws for the first time

FOUR PAWS transfers­ four rescued tigers to LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary 


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Bears in Ukraine

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‘Train tigers’ fly towards better life:

‘Train tigers’ fly towards better life:

FOUR PAWS rescues four tigers after more than 15 years in train carriage


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Rescued fox

Glimmer of Hope for Fur Animals

More and more fashion brands have pledged to ban real fur 


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Bear in BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr

FAQs: Ukraine

The war is also affecting animals – how you can support 


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Emergency transfer of five bears

Emergency transfer of five bears in Ukraine

FOUR PAWS takes in animals from partner organisation in Kyiv region


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Refugees from Ukraine are crossing the border from Ukraine into Poland at Medyca, Poland, with their pets

FOUR PAWS: Animal welfare in times of war continues

Neighbouring countries take in pets, bears in Ukrainian sanctuary are being kept safe 


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Chickens on broiler farm

Human, Animal & Planetary Health

Developing the international pandemic instrument


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Animal ambulance to the rescue in Chennai

Animal ambulance to the rescue in Chennai

This "Hospital on Wheels" will help animals with a veterinarian providing ‘on-site’ treatment for sick and injured street animals.


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Life Expectancy of Pigs

Life Expectancy of Pigs

About the Canadian pig lady "Ernestine" and the shockingly short life span of pigs in the pig fattening husbandry systems


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Sheep in a meadow

Life Expectancy of Sheep

Comparing the natural lifespan of sheep with their lifespan in intensive farming paints a sad picture


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Life Expectancy of Cattle

Life Expectancy of Cattle

A cow named "Milla" celebrated her 25th birthday on a farm in 2016 – but only a few cows have this happiness


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Life Expectancy of Chickens

Life Expectancy of Chickens

The oldest chicken in the world was 22 years old when she died – but in the egg industry, millions of chickens die already as chicks


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Cow and calf

Historic animal welfare resolution adopted at United Nations Environment Assembly

The resolution had unanimous support from Member States highlighting the nexus between animal welfare, environment, and sustainable development 


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Dog in transport crate

Ukraine: How to Cross the Border With Pets

Leaving the country with your dog, cat or other pets into neighbouring countries


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February 2022

Our updates and stories of February

Sheep in a barn

The United Nations Environment Assembly Begins, With Historic Nexus Resolution on the Table

Major UN summit opening session begins today with key votes to come on historic nexus resolution later in the week


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#TrainTigers

#TrainTigers

Stuck in a train carriage for 15 years


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Tiger behind bars in the train wagon

Stuck in an abandoned train carriage in Argentina for 15 years

FOUR PAWS to rescue and relocate ‘train tigers’ to its LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary


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Broiler chicken farm investigation in 2020, England.

EU Animal Welfare Report Fails to Address Key Issues

The report is harshly criticised by NGOs for lacking ambition and ignoring scientific discoveries of the last decade


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FOUR PAWS rescues nine bile bears after more than 17 years in tiny cages

Vietnam: FOUR PAWS rescues nine bile bears after more than 17 years in tiny cages

Bear farming lynchpin Hanoi remains inactive in phasing out the cruel practice


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Bears Pashuk and Gjina at BEAR SANCTUARY Prishtina

Social Interactions of Our Wild Animals

According to their individual needs, our rescued animals get to experience social bonds in a safe environment 


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Cattle

NGOs Urge the EU Parliament to Vote Down Report on on-farm Animal Welfare

FOUR PAWS and a cohort of leading animal welfare organisations point out that the report is “not fit for purpose” and urge MEPs in an open letter to vote down the report and instead adopt the opinion provided by the ENVI Committee


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Lions kissing

Love for Animals this Valentine's Day

Five animal-friendly tips to make your heart beat faster this Valentine's Day


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Sheep in a barn

The Torment of Sheep in the Wool and Meat Industry

Lamb or mutton – the suffering in sheep husbandry


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Dental Care For Dogs and Cats

Powerful bite – tips for keeping your pet's teeth clean and healthy


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A tiger kept in a small cage

New EU Rules Come into Force Which Restrict the Use of Veterinary Antimicrobials

FOUR PAWS, the global animal welfare organisation, publishes guidance document to support governments in complying with the new regulations.


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Tiger

Year of the Tiger?

An investigative report into the big cat farming in South Africa and the need for international action


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A tiger kept in a small cage

‘Year of the Tiger?’:

New FOUR PAWS report reveals South Africa’s key role in cruel global big cat trade


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January 2022

Our updates and stories of January

Orangutan orphans in the Forest School, Borneo

Orangutan Rehabilitation: A Programme to Return to Their Natural Habitat

The orphans go through levels of education at the ORANGUTAN FOREST SCHOOL in Borneo 


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Big Cats: Way of Life & Behaviour

Big Cats: Way of Life & Behaviour

What characterizes these large carnivores and how do they spend their lives in the wild?


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Mink

Dolce&Gabbana Goes Fur-Free

FOUR PAWS, applauds iconic fashion brand showing more compassion in fashion


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Fawns, young deer

Early Born Wildlife – What You Absolutely Have to Consider

FOUR PAWS asks walkers for increased attention for wild animals


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Fox Zoe

Moncler drops animal fur and joins Fur Free Retailer

Global animal welfare organisation, FOUR PAWS, welcome decision that luxury brand goes fur free 


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Leopard Bakari at LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary, South Africa

Smile from Ear to Ear

See the happiness of our rescued animals. Your donation can make a change!


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Cattle transport

European Parliament Fails to Tackle Live Animal Transportation

Global Animal Welfare Organisation, FOUR PAWS, called it a “Historic Missed Opportunity”


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Dog and cat in home

Cuddling With Pets

Snuggling is not only good for us, but also for the animals we share our lives with


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Bear cub Nara in the enclosure at BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh

Gallery Animals Doing Yoga

Perhaps you can find some new years resolution inspiration from our rescued animals who try to stay fit with yoga!


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Cat in Croatia

Animal Idioms

These four phrases are all used in our daily lives. But do they hold up to the facts?


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Cattle transport

900,000 European Citizens Call on MEPs to Ban Cruel Live Exports

Petition handover by FOUR PAWS to MEP Tilly Metz


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Bear Martha

Rescue Martha

The Ukrainian circus and restaurant bear finally gets her freedom


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Day-old Chicks

Day-Old Chicks: Death on the Assembly Line

How millions of male chicks die in egg production 


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Types of Husbandry for Laying Hens

Types of Husbandry for Laying Hens

How do chickens live in a cage, a barn, in free-range or in organic farming systems?


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A female laying hen in a barn

Laying Hens

With over 300 eggs per year: the high-performance chickens in the egg industry


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Broiler Chickens

Broiler Chickens

What is the suffering behind chicken meat?


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Joseph at FELIDA

2021 highlight

FOUR PAWS CEO welcomes lions to FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary


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Elegant senior woman reading a book sitting on couch with pet dog beside her

Animals are Friends in Times of Need

Animals and their positive impact on the mental health of people


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Happy mother, father and little daughter walking their dog

Animals Are Good for Our Heart

Animals and their positive effect on the physical health of humans


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Cute little boy with dog on sofa at home

Animals as 'Therapists'

The positive effects of animal-assisted interventions


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Orangutans Amalia and Eska

Borneo: First ORANGUTAN FOREST SCHOOL graduates prepare for 2022 release into the wild

FOUR PAWS orangutan project combines species, environment, and climate protection


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Tu Do in the cage she was kept

Rescue Tu Do

The last bile bear in Son La province is finally rescued


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Cat looking worried

Finding an Abandoned or Lost Pet

What to do if you find a dog or cat without an owner


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Mother cow and calf in a field

FOUR PAWS delighted to participate at the United Nations Environment Assembly

Global animal welfare organisation granted observer status at key UN summit and calls for transformational change on production and consumption globally


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