the cow / cattle

Highly social animals, cows and cattle suffer for intensive meat and dairy production.

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facts about cattle

Cattle have a distinct personalities and highly developed emotions. They form very close friendships with other animals in their herd, in which licking each other reinforces relationships between the animals and has a relaxing effect. Under natural conditions, they spend most of the time grazing, during which they cover several kilometres per day.

Dairy cow

10 Facts about Dairy Cattle

Interesting and surprising facts about cows

Life Expectancy of Cattle

Life Expectancy of Cattle

A cow named "Milla" celebrated her 25th birthday on a farm in 2016 – but only a few cows have this happiness

A Bonding Affair

A Bonding Affair

Family bonds are not exclusive to humans

A mob of cows

Animals in Groups

From gaggle to gaze, from troop to parade – discover the unusual and funny collective animal names


how cattle suffer?

There are around 30 million beef cattle and dairy cows in Australia. Many Aussie beef cattle are slaughtered young or live exported in cruel conditions to foreign countries, while bobby calves as byproducts of the dairy industry live miserable, short lives.

Veal calf

The Suffering of Calves

Male calves are by-products of the meat and dairy industry


The Life of Beef Cattle

Roast beef, steak, and veal schnitzel: The cruelty behind farming of cattle fattened for meat

Cattle with horns in the pasture

Mutilation of Cattle

Painful interventions are carried out on cattle without anaesthesia

Cattle being live exported on ships

Live Animal Transport

Animal Welfare in Transporting Live Animals

Dairy cows being milked

Milk Madness: The Torment of Dairy Cows

What suffering is behind a glass of milk?

Buffalo calves suffer from extreme cruelty

Buffalo mozzarella: a premium product with hidden cruelty

Recent FOUR PAWS investigation shows still dreadful conditions on Italian farms

Mother cow and calf

Alternatives To Dairy Cow Husbandry

Why mother-bound calf rearing and nursing cattle are more animal-friendly

Mother cow and her calf

Mother-Bonded Calf Rearing

A scientific study on the mitigation of weaning distress in cow-calf-contact systems

Life expectancy of cattle

Cattle can live up to 20 years old. Sadly, cattle in agriculture are killed young (6 months - 6 years old) for beef or when they lose their 'productiveness' for the dairy industry.

what are we doing to help?

FOUR PAWS has been working for decades to improve conditions of farmed animals.

Sheep in the farm

FOUR PAWS and the Australian Alliance for Animals

Launch of two-million-strong animal welfare alliance to put animals on political agenda

Calf in veal crate

We Need Political Change to Protect Animals & Climate

Urging political decision-makers to make the world a better place for animals 

Rallies to ban live export

advocacy to ban live exports

FOUR PAWS continues to advocate to ban live export through awareness campaigns and by organising live rallies.


3 easy steps to help farmed animals

You don't need to overhaul your life.

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