FOUR PAWS believes that big cats should not be kept as pets or for entertainment, as these wild animals suffer in captivity under inadequate keeping conditions including lack of expert care, frequent travelling, training and intensive interaction with people. Unfortunately, thousands of big cats still live under very poor conditions in circuses, zoos and private ownership. Uncontrolled breeding causes ‘surplus’ animals that either end up dead or (illegally) traded to unsuitable places. FOUR PAWS calls for the improvement of legal standards of keeping conditions in certified zoological facilities and sanctuaries and demands a ban of other forms of captivity of big cats. Offering solutions for unwanted and illegal big cats plays a crucial role in the work of FOUR PAWS. Our big cat sanctuaries and centres offer rescued big cats a species-appropriate home.