Farm animals

FOUR PAWS has been working for decades to improve husbandry, transport and slaughter conditions for so-called farm animals such as cattle, ducks, poultry, pigs and sheep. Each year, billions of farm animals die after having lived a short life in terrible environments.
Through our international campaigns, we successfully ignited the transition towards animal-friendlier down production within the textile and bedding industry. Furthermore, the ban of cage-keeping of laying hens is a long-term goal of FOUR PAWS.

A few years ago, FOUR PAWS implemented an animal welfare labelling scheme that includes detailed requirements for husbandry, transport and slaughter. Our aim is to help consumers make an informed decision and support alternative, animal-friendlier production. 

mutilations of farm animals

Why are so many surgeries carried out without anaesthesia?

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Live Animal Transport

Our work and how you can support us


Foie Gras

How animals are tortured to produce this delicacy



The bloody business of sheep wool production


Age of Farm Animals

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


Animal Transport Issues

The truth about live animal transport in the EU