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is the global animal welfare organization for animals under direct human influence, which reveals suffering, rescues animals in need, and protects them. Our vision is a world where humans treat animals with respect, empathy, and understanding.

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#TheySufferWeSuffer

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Mink crammed in a cage

#ProtectMillions

Stolen. Killed. Eaten. End the Dog and Cat Meat Trade.

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#WearitKind

The future of fashion is here!

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#SaveTheSaddestBears

Bears are still kept in appalling conditions. Their owners often use them for profit. Whether for bile extraction, training hunting dogs or...

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#TravelKind

How to be an Animal-friendly Traveler

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How to be an Animal-friendly Traveler

Tiger trade

It’s closer than you think! FOUR PAWS reveals the involvement of Europe in the ruthless trade and the cruel tiger business.

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Seven rescued lions reach Dutch sanctuary after journey across Europe

Seven rescued lions reach Dutch sanctuary after journey across Europe

FOUR PAWS rescued the lions from inappropriate breeding and keeping conditions in Romania


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Meriono sheep

Global fashion brands come together for animals

FOUR PAWS hands over open brand letter to Australian wool industry calling for an end to the cruel mulesing of lambs


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Beirut Bear

The Beirut Bears: The Odyssey of Homer and Ulysses

From Lebanon to Colorado, these captive bears now have a sprawling home 


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Woman with sheep

New study: Pandemic leads to increased demand for compassion in fashion

FOUR PAWS reveals that almost 90 per cent want fashion industry to prioritize animal welfare


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Enrichment for Big Cats

Enrichment for Big Cats

An important part of animal management in humane care, allowing them to act out natural species behavior 


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20 Dogs Who Took Their Freedom Flights to the US Have Found Forever Homes

All the dogs who who took their freedom flights to the US have found their forever homes


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Lion in field

FOUR PAWS encouraged by South AfricaN Authorities' announcement on captive lions

Announcement from the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE), could mean good news for lions


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Ha Dong Market, Hanoi, Vietnam

One Welfare

The rise of the recent COVID-19 pandemic reminds us how interconnected animal welfare, human wellbeing, and the environment are.


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wildlife SANCTUARIES

We provide species-appropriate homes for rescued animals all over the world.

LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary

A species-appropriate home for over 100 rescued animals

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Bear at BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh

BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh

A peaceful oasis for former bile bears

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BEAR SANCTUARY Mueritz

The largest BEAR SANCTUARY in Western Europe

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Animal Rescues

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Rescue Jenny, Toby and Moris

Rescue Jenny, Toby, and Moris

From being props for tourist entertainment to life in paradise, three bear cubs begin their new lives

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Orphan Lestari

Rescue Lestari

The orangutan orphan recovering from trauma and learning how to enjoy her life again in the ORANGUTAN FOREST SCHOOL

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Dog Oiţã on the streets

Rescue Oiţã

So much love to give after being hurt by humans

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