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Huge win for Australian sheep! Federal Government unveils ‘transition’ plan to end Live sheep export by 2028

This weekend, Government announced their transition plan to end live sheep exports. What does this mean for the future of live export and animal welfare?

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Real Fur: Fashion Brand Max Mara Lags Behind

Max Mara is one of the last international fashion brands continuing to sell real fur

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Lamb Mortality and Live Lamb Cutting (Mulesing)

Help to end the suffering of millions of Australian lambs used for fashion


Animal welfare crisis in Australia live export  -  MV Bahijah

An animal welfare crisis is unfolding in Australia as the live export of over 16,000 sheep and cattle. See our rolling updates here 


Keep Bali beautiful and travel kinder this holiday season

How your tourism choices can protect species across the beautiful island of Bali this summer

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FOUR PAWS Rescues Nearly 50 Wild Animals Trapped in Conflict Zone in Sudan

Starving lions, hyenas, and wildcats were relocated to temporary safe space in daring mission


Analysis of 100 fashion brands exposes critical gaps and poor performers in animal welfare

 The third edition of FOUR PAWS Animal Welfare in Fashion report in collaboration with Good on You has been published today, with 100 international companies assessed and rated regarding their policies and commitments to improve animal welfare and reduce the use of animal-derived-materials

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Rescue Dog Freya

From rescued stray to beloved AAI team member

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Ailing Elephant Madhubala in Desperate Need of a New Home

FOUR PAWS gave recommendations over a month ago but officials lack an answer

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Help for Bears in Czech Republic

FOUR PAWS aims to help bears in poor living conditions across the country

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Barely Wild

Inside the big cat farming industry for tourism

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Live Export in Australia

Despite growing unpopularity, Australia continues to be one of the world's largest live exporters.

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Make a difference this #FurFreeFriday

With Australia still importing fur and other animal derived materials to sell, we’re sharing our top tips on how we can all make an individual difference and bring an end to fur farms around the globe. 

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The Fur Trade: Deadly. Deceitful. Cruel.



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Rescue Seven Romanian Lions

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