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History of the bile bear trade in Vietnam and how FOUR PAWS are working to end it for good.

Getting all remaining bile bears to safety and shutting down farms across Vietnam 

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CITES CoP19: The conference deciding the future of big cats

A blog post by Vanessa Amoroso, Head of Wild Animals in Trade at FOUR PAWS

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A-List Actors Brian Cox CBE and Thuso Mbedu Support Animal Welfare Campaign

Actors Brian Cox CBE and Thuso Mbedu are throwing their weight behind a FOUR PAWS campaign which is calling upon governments to prioritise animal welfare policies to prevent the next pandemic

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Secret ingredients derived of animals, hidden in your food

The restaurant and supermarket staples that actually aren’t animal-friendly

Rescue lion cub Nikola

Rescue Nikola

A traumatic start in life with a happy ending

Rescue Bé and Em

Rescue Bé and Em

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

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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Travel Kind

Animal abuse for tourism is real. Travel without the animal cruelty.

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End the Dog and Cat Meat Trade

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The Big Cats Trade



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Rescue Bears in Captivity

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The Fur Trade: Deadly. Deceitful. Cruel.

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Our work to help protect animals in Australia

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Companion Animals

We work to ensure dogs, cats, rabbits, and other pets get the love they deserve

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See what we're doing to help cattle, pigs, chickens, geese, sheep, and more farm animals

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Local and exotic wildlife suffer across a wide range of sectors, we're working to stop it

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We're here to inspire you when it comes to enjoy a delicious, healthy diet that is cruelty-free

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For an animal-friendly fashion industry - we call for #BanFur, #EndMulesing, among others

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We help animals in conflict zones and war-torn areas

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Rescue Vova

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

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Rescue Nine Bile Bears

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

Rescue Tsezar

Rescue Tsezar

Left to die, but eventually rescued and safely transferred to our FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary 

Rescue Lola

Rescue Lola

Chained for one year, dog Lola finally gets a chance in life

Elephant Kaavan

Rescue Kaavan

Our heaviest rescue to date – after years of isolation for the Asian elephant Kaavan, his loneliness finally ends!

Rescue Seven Romanian Lions

Rescue Seven Romanian Lions

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

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Our press corner includes the latest international press releases of current animal welfare topics, operations, rescues and much more. 

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