FOUR PAWS has been working for decades to improve conditions in relation to the breeding, transport and slaughter of so-called farm animals such as cattle, ducks, poultry, pigs and sheep. Each year, billions of farm animals die after a short life in a terrible environment.
Our international campaigns have successfully initiated a transition towards animal-friendlier down production in the textile and bedding industry. One of FOUR PAWS' long-term goals is to achieve a ban on keeping laying hens in cages.
A few years ago, FOUR PAWS initiated an animal welfare labelling scheme to provide consumers of animal products with details on breeding, transport and slaughter. Our aim is to help consumers make informed decisions and to support alternative, animal-friendlier production.
Mulesing of lambs
Mulesing is currently performed on approx 70% of Merino wool sheep in Australia. Banned in New Zealand, mulesing can still be legally performed in Australia, and without any pain relief
Down is a common filling material used in fashion and textiles worldwide, and is especially used by fashion brands who cater for winter or outdoor apparel. There is a dark side to this fluffy textile, with millions of bird enduring horrific suffering for their feathers.