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Global Alliance for Rabies Control and FOUR PAWS calls for Action Against the Dog Meat Trade and Rabies Control

World Rabies Day Highlights the Need for Global Action Against Dog Meat Trade


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Members of the tourism sector joined FOUR PAWS in the pledge to end the dog and cat meat trade in Southeast Asia. 


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Taking One Health seriously: What are the concrete steps to build an effective pandemic instrument?

Roundtable discussion: September 19th, 2022 at 15:00 (CEST), Domaine de Penthes, Geneva, Switzerland


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BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh

A FOUR PAWS project in Vietnam since 2017

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