The commercial trade with captive tigers is legal and out of control throughout the EU

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Lioness Nora


FOUR PAWS helps big cats and many other animals under direct human influence

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Tiger Laziz at LIONSROCK


We provide species-appropriate homes for rescued animals all over the world

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big cats

Did you know the tiger is the largest big cat? Then comes the lion? Lions are the only representatives of the cat family to live and hunt in a pack. Tigers, on the other hand, are usually solitary. Their strikingly striped markings make them unique – and provide the perfect camouflage for the undergrowth.     

Learn about the animal welfare issues these cats face and how FOUR PAWS is committed to helping lions and tigers, and other types of big cats, worldwide. 

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two lions - canned hunting

Canned Lion Hunting

Born to be killed: lion hunting in South Africa


Worldwide Circus Bans

Countries, states, cities and towns have started restricting the use of wild animals in circuses 

tamer and tiger

Wild Animals in Entertainment

Animal abuse for entertainment is still happening throughout the world

young lion cub looking at camera

Big Cat Rescue

How FOUR PAWS undertakes big cat rescues and provides lifelong care at our big cat sanctuaries 

two lions - canned hunting

Trophy Hunting

Killing and displaying wild animals as trophies


how they're suffering and what we're doing to end it

FOUR PAWS is lobbying to alter legislation and achieve lasting change for the better. We also rescue lions and tigers kept in bad conditions in captivity.  

the tiger trade

Trade with living tigers and with tiger products must be stopped!

Transfer tiger Caruso

Tiger King – everyone is watching, no one is acting

The truth behind Joe Exotic and Tiger King season 2 on Netflix! 

Suffering lion

Shutting down Safari Park Zoo in Fier, Albania

#NoMoreFierZoo – FOUR PAWS evacuates wild animals from 'Europe's worst zoo'

Löwe in einem Zoo nahe der syrischen Stadt Aleppo

Mission to Syria

13 animals are given a second chance at life

Tiger in cage in Gaza

Mission to Gaza

Zoo animals brought safely out of Gaza, 2016

close up image of tiger

Take Action for Big Cats

Time to end the exploitation of big cats in the U.S.


Stop the tiger trade!

Help us to save this species from extinction.


four paws big cat sanctuaries

Lioness Neida at LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary

LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary

A FOUR PAWS project in South Africa since 2006

Tigress Dehli at FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary

FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary

Our FOUR PAWS wild animal project in the Netherlands since 2014

Tigress Varvara at TIERART Wild Animal Sanctuary

TIERART Wild Animal Sanctuary

A cooperation between FOUR PAWS and TIERART e.V. in Germany since 2013

Tiger resting on a rock at LIONSROCK

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