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Lion cub Nikola at his new outdoor enclosure at FELIDA

A lion cub’s journey across Europe to a better life

FOUR PAWS transfers rescued lion Nikola from Montenegro to FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary 

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FOUR PAWS organised an action on June 8th at Nike´s main European Logistic Campus in Laakdal, Belgium

As Nike Turns 50, 50K Customers Urge the Company to Stop Using Cruel Wool

With strong public support, FOUR PAWS urges market leader to switch to certified wool to help prevent cruelty to lambs

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Orangatan in Care of FOUR PAWS

FOUR PAWS ORANGUTAN FOREST SCHOOL prepares for emergencies

Virus thought to pose grave danger to great apes 

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Dog in the destroyed town of Bucha

Caring for Stray Animals of Ukraine

FOUR PAWS helps homeless dogs and cats in eight cities across the country

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Bear Sam on his way to Arosa Bear Sanctuary

“Sad Bears” travel from North Macedonia to Sanctuary in Switzerland

FOUR PAWS transfers two brown bears to new home in the Swiss alps

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‘Little Bit of Love’ for animal welfare

UK musician Tom Grennan becomes ambassador for FOUR PAWS

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FOUR PAWS loading pet food supplies into a train headed to Ukraine

20 Tons of Food Makes Up Second Delivery For Ukraine Zoo Animals

FOUR PAWS partners with Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) to provide relief for war-torn zoos

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FOUR PAWS Honored to Collaborate with The Walt Disney Family Museum

Creative Conservation: The Art of Endangered Animals exhibit opens in April and features photos of FOUR PAWS rescue animals

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Merino sheep on a pasture

Cruel wool in sportswear is in high season

Biggest manufacturer Nike without clear commitment to phase out from animal cruelty methods

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FOUR PAWS loading pet food supplies into a van headed to Ukraine

FOUR PAWS delivers nearly 20 tons of animal food to war-torn Ukraine

Ukrainian zoos at risk of running out of food supplies – FOUR PAWS acting upon official request from Ukrainian authorities

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Bear Vova before rescue

Animal welfare efforts continue even in times of war

FOUR PAWS rescues former ‘restaurant bear’ in Ukraine

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Fast-Food = Faster Climate Change

Industry Refuses to Connect Reduction of Meat Production to Climate Change Mitigation and Increased Animal Welfare, FOUR PAWS Report States 

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UPAW emergency feeding in Ukraine

FOUR PAWS and Partners Provide Urgent Help to Animal Shelters in Ukraine

A new platform distributes food and supplies to shelters where help is needed the most 

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Dog in cage

FOUR PAWS undercover investigation shows cruel dog meat trade in Indonesia

Umbrella organization's investigation reveals dogs sold for meat alongside bats, snakes and wild boar in Sulawesi “extreme” wet markets despite disease risk

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‘Train tigers’ fly towards better life:

‘Train tigers’ Take Flight Towards Better Life

FOUR PAWS rescues four tigers after more than 15 years in train carriage

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Emergency transfer of five bears

Amid Conflict, Seven Bears Evacuated to Safer Location in Ukraine

FOUR PAWS takes in animals from partner organization in Kyiv region

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Refugees from Ukraine are crossing the border from Ukraine into Poland at Medyca, Poland, with their pets

FOUR PAWS: Animal welfare in times of war continues

Neighbouring countries take in pets, bears in Ukrainian sanctuary are being kept safe 

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Cow and calf

Historic animal welfare resolution adopted at United Nations Environment Assembly

The resolution had unanimous support from Member States highlighting the nexus between animal welfare, environment, and sustainable development 

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Organizations Unite in Urgent Appeal For Federal Biodiversity Strategy

FOUR PAWS joins Full Page Letter to the Biden Administration in New York Times Urges Immediate Action to Protect Nature and Prevent Pandemics 

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FOUR PAWS rescues nine bile bears after more than 17 years in tiny cages

9 Bears Rescued in Vietnam After 17 years in Tiny Cages

Bear farming lynchpin Hanoi remains inactive in phasing out the cruel practice

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Mother cow and calf in a field

FOUR PAWS to participate at the United Nations Environment Assembly

Global animal welfare organization granted observer status at key UN summit, calls for transformational change on production and consumption globally

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FOUR PAWS launches major campaign in Vietnam to End the “Cruel and Barbaric” Dog and Cat Meat Trade

FOUR PAWS launches major campaign in Vietnam to End the “Cruel and Barbaric” Dog and Cat Meat Trade

Global animal welfare organization calls on Vietnamese people to show their opposition to the dog and cat meat trade and call on the Vietnamese government to bring an end to the trade

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Vietnam: FOUR PAWS rescues last bile bear of Son La province

Vietnam: FOUR PAWS rescues last bile bear of Son La province

Capital Hanoi remains bear farming lynchpin despite declining demand for bear bile

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Vietnam establishes first ever dog and cat meat-free tourist-friendly city

Vietnam establishes first ever dog and cat meat-free tourist-friendly city

FOUR PAWS welcomes Hoi An City People’s Committee's progressive actions to protect dogs, cats, and people

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The most (and least) animal-friendly fashion brands of 2021

The most (and least) animal-friendly fashion brands of 2021

FOUR PAWS publishes the latest Animal Welfare in Fashion report

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Dog Meat Trade in Indonesia

Police in Indonesia intercept a notorious dog meat trader, saving over 50 terrified dogs awaiting slaughter

FOUR PAWS hoped this would be a turning point in the campaign against the dog meat trade

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Crypto Has Gone to the Animals This GivingTuesday

FOUR PAWS Receives Their Largest Cryptocurrency Donation Yet Through Partnership with Pawthereum, Expands Rescue Facility in Cambodia   

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Cattle

World leaders at COP26 missed opportunity to link animal agriculture to climate crisis

FOUR PAWS is disappointed that the role of factory farming has been neglected yet again

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Horse drawn cart

FOUR PAWS helps ending animal cruelty at UNESCO World Heritage Site

The use of horse carriages in Petra, Jordan will no longer be permitted and replaced by electric golf carts

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Fast-Food Industry Need to Make Some Fast Changes, Ranking Says

Domino’s and Papa John’s rank worst in FOUR PAWS new global fast-food chain assessment, ignoring topics like animal welfare and climate change

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Farm industry

COP26 is the best chance to tackle the climate emergency

But without addressing animal welfare it will be a historic missed opportunity

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Thailand launches “first-of-its-kind” initiative to improve dog welfare

Thailand launches “first-of-its-kind” initiative to improve dog welfare

The province of Trang has launched a programme following Thailand’s announcement to re-open on 1 November post COVID-19 regulations

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Future study on pandemic prevention: scientists sound the alarm

FOUR PAWS highlights interlinkage between human health, animal welfare, and pandemics 

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Seven rescued lions reach Dutch sanctuary after journey across Europe

Seven rescued lions reach Dutch sanctuary after journey across Europe

FOUR PAWS rescued the lions from inappropriate breeding and keeping conditions in Romania

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Woman with sheep

New study: Pandemic leads to increased demand for compassion in fashion

FOUR PAWS reveals that almost 90 percent want fashion industry to prioritize animal welfare

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Meriono sheep

Global fashion brands come together for animals

FOUR PAWS hands over open brand letter to Australian wool industry calling for an end to the cruel mulesing of lambs

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Relocation of the Beirut bears

Beirut Bears start new life in American sanctuary

FOUR PAWS flies two Syrian brown bears from Lebanon to Colorado

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a bear lays on the dirt floor at a zoo in lebanon

The "War Vet" that saved Kaavan now brings two bears to the U.S.

FOUR PAWS flies "Beirut Bears" from Lebanon to Colorado sanctuary

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Lion in field

FOUR PAWS encouraged by South AfricaN Authorities' announcement on captive lions

Announcement from the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE), could mean good news for lions

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Pig farming

One year after COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the WHO:

FOUR PAWS calls on responsible organizations and governments to improve the human-animal relationship to prevent future pandemics

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Dog in small cage in slaughterhouse, Cambodia

Facility That Drowned 200 Dogs Per Day Finally CLOSED

16 dogs rescued from “key” slaughterhouse in Cambodian dog meat trade

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Fast-food

FOUR PAWS convinces German fast-food chain dean&david to reduce meat

dean&david is rated the highest in the FOUR PAWS Atlas challenge ranking and are the first to sign the commitment which has kick-started the race for the rest to follow suit

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Dogs rescued

Slaughterhouse minivan carrying 61 dogs seized in Cambodia

FOUR PAWS steps in to assist Cambodian authorities in first ever interception of dogs being taken for the dog meat trade

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Cages of laying hens

Dr Jane Goodall calls on EU to end cage farming across Europe

The letter to the European Commission is signed by more than 140 international scientists

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Fur fox

Internationally renowned sports brand Adidas joins fur-free initiative

FOUR PAWS welcomes newest member in the Fur Free Retailer program

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Bear Jambolina arrives at Arosa Bear Sanctuary

From the bleak Ukrainian circus to the snowy Swiss Alps

From the bleak Ukrainian circus to the snowy mountains; 'Loneliest bear in the world' will also get introduced to bear friends

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Mena Suvari and Fur Free Alliance partner for anti-fur video

The new PSA from writer and director Dustin Brown shines a spotlight on the bloody fur trade 
 

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Kaavan interacts with another elephant

Loneliest elephant in the world arrives in Cambodia

American businessman, Eric Margolis, aids Kaavan's flight to safety

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Sheep flock with lambs

Over 180 Fashion Brands Oppose Mulesing

A brutal practice done to sheep

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FOUR PAWS supports rescue of over 30 zoo animals in Pakistan

Breaking News: FOUR PAWS supports rescue of over 30 zoo animals in Pakistan

Death of two lions at the Marghazar Zoo prompts intervention and zoo closure

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FOUR PAWS shuts down dog slaughterhouse in Cambodia critical to the trade

FOUR PAWS shuts down dog slaughterhouse in Cambodia critical to the trade

Thousands of dogs are spared a gruesome death by drowning, choking, and asphyxiation

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The cat meat trade in Vietnam

Special dish 'Little Tiger': The rampant cat meat trade in Vietnam

Over one million cats are killed for their meat every year as part of the cruel and hidden trade, FOUR PAWS and Change For Animals Foundation reports

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FOUR PAWS rescues two bear cubs from illegal wildlife trade in Vietnam

FOUR PAWS rescues two bear cubs from illegal wildlife trade in Vietnam

The cubs arrived at BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh days before Vietnam announces ban on all wildlife trade

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Urgent Weekend Rescue Provides Two Former-Circus Tigers A ‘Retirement’

FOUR PAWS transferred Jill and Sahib to sanctuary in Germany

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FOUR PAWS Joins Unique Streaming Event to Save Animals and the Planet

Famous Fido Rescue to host virtual event called the Celebration of Life airing Saturday, July 25th

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Dogs in cages at a dog meat trader in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap, first Cambodian province to ban dog meat

Local government takes action after FOUR PAWS year-long investigation of industry  

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World First Report Finds Fashion Industry Lagging on Animal Welfare

FOUR PAWS urges brands to step up for all animals in the “new normal”

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China bans the selling of dog and cat meat

FOUR PAWS calls on the Governments of Cambodia, Indonesia and Vietnam to follow China’s example

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FOUR PAWS rescues bear cub from illegal wildlife trade in Vietnam

Cub Mochi finds a species-appropriate home at BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh

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Rescued From 18 Years in a Cage

2 Bears Rescued in Vietnam Amidst COVID-19 pandemic

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Orphaned orangutan rescued by FOUR PAWS

Orangutan Baby Rescued from Bag Tied to Motorcycle, then Locked in Jail

Traumatized orphan nearly dumped due to COVID-19 fears, now bonds with surrogate mother 

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Celebrities Join Dog Meat Free Coalition

Celeb video mounts pressure on President Jokowi to respond to COVID-19 by closing down Indonesia’s live animal markets and dog and cat meat trades

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NGOs call on World Health Organization to help stop next pandemic

In the wake of COVID-19, FOUR PAWS demands a ban on global wildlife markets to prevent such health crises in the future

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Dog and cat meat trade in the time of the COVID-19 epidemic in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

While China bans dog and cat meat, trade in Southeast Asia is thriving

While China bans dog and cat meat, trade in Southeast Asia is thriving 

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Consequences of Corona: Waiting times borders

Live animal transports during coronavirus situation

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FOUR PAWS Statement on the novel coronavirus / COVID-19

Adaptations we have made, animal care remains top priority 

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Dogs in a cage

Ten million dogs and cats are slaughtered for their meat in Southeast Asia yearly

According to new FOUR PAWS report, trade continues to thrive despite severe risk to public health 

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FOUR PAWS International: Long-time colleague Josef Pfabigan to follow Heli Dungler as CEO

Former CFO and long-time colleague, Josef Pfabigan, to follow Heli Dungler as CEO

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starving lions

FOUR PAWS cares for starving animals in Sudan

Four lions have already lost two thirds of their natural body weight

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Rescued sheep arrive at new home

FOUR PAWS provides new home for sheep rescued from capsized ship in Romania

180 sheep out of 14,000 survived due to tireless rescue efforts

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5 Fashion Gift-Giving Tips for a Kinder, More Ethical Holiday

FOUR PAWS encourages an animal-friendly holiday with these simple steps 

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6 Rescued Dogs to Land at Logan on Thursday

FOUR PAWS closed slaughterhouse in Cambodia, transitioned owner to rice farming, rescued all dogs onsite and brings them #HomefortheHolidays

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FOUR PAWS takes care of neglected zoo animals in Lebanon

FOUR PAWS takes care of neglected zoo animals in Lebanon

Animals urgently need food and medical treatment

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After Dramatic Shipwreck, Global Pressure, Romania Plans to Regulate Live Exports

FOUR PAWS continues to fight for safe shelter for surviving sheep 

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FOUR PAWS Closes Dog Slaughterhouse, Aids Owner Move to Rice Farming

6 Dogs Already Rescued from Slaughter in Cambodia, Flown to the U.S.

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World Rabies Day: The ultimate fight against rabies in Myanmar continues

World Rabies Day: The ultimate fight against rabies in Myanmar continues

FOUR PAWS long-term project aims to vaccinate one million animals by 2022

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Bullet particles discovered in three-legged bear

Bullet particles discovered in three-legged bear

FOUR PAWS found a new home for Dushi in Germany after rescue from Albanian horror zoo

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Orphaned cheetahs in need of food and supplies

29 orphaned cheetahs in Somaliland in need of food and supplies

FOUR PAWS contributes to conservation efforts of Africa’s most endangered big cat

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Two of the last illegally kept brown bears in Croatia have found a new home

FOUR PAWS rescues and transfers Suzana and Bruno to Croatian bear refuge

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Indonesian Regency Announces Action Plan to End the Dog Meat Trade

DMFI coalition’s shocking exposé leads to launch of Karanganyar action plan to eliminate brutal dog meat trade

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Orphaned bear cub rescued from basement

The bear is now safe at species-appropriate BEAR SANCTUARY Prishtina

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FOUR PAWS Applauds The Prada Group for Adopting a Fur-Free Policy

Prada joins the over 1000 companies of the Fur Free Retailer Program

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Saved From Smugglers and on the Brink of Death

Now bear cubs enjoy new life in sanctuary 

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Rescued lions from Albanian horror zoo arrive at new home

FOUR PAWS brings Lenci, Zhaku and Bobby to Dutch Big Cat Centre FELIDA

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Freedom for three orphaned bear siblings in Bulgaria

FOUR PAWS helps to release bear trio into the wild after a year of wildlife ‘schooling’ in Greece 

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Response to Amazon's Rainforest Burning

Statement on the ongoing fires in the Amazon Rainforest and the connection to the meat industry, from Director of the Farm Animals and Nutrition Department at FOUR PAWS, Martina Stephany:

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Government keeps orphaned bear cub in filthy basement in Kosovo

FOUR PAWS calls on authorities to hand over brown bear

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Lions Suffer in Albania because of Bureaucratic Uncertainty

FOUR PAWS calls for public protest against Albanian authorities 

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47 Zoo Animals Escape War-Torn Gaza Strip

FOUR PAWS succeeds in harrowing rescue mission despite border closures, escalating violence

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FOUR PAWS to rescue over 40 animals from Rafah Zoo in Gaza

The evacuation, relocation of zoo animals in Gaza begins late March

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New bear sanctuary opens in Vietnam

One solution when hundreds of bears suffer on bear farms

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Declawing Zoo Owner Plans to Mutilate Again

FOUR PAWS calls on local authorities to end declawing at and close Gaza Zoo

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Animal torture: Lioness’ claws amputated with garden shears in Gaza's oldest zoo

FOUR PAWS demands zoo closure and relocation of 49 animals 

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Two of the last Albanian restaurant bears find new home in Swiss Alps

FOUR PAWS welcomes Meimo and Amelia at Arosa Bear Sanctuary

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our cruelty-free holiday guide

FOUR PAWS shares how to have an animal-friendly holiday with these simple steps

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War Lions, survivors of conflicts in Iraq and Syria, are visited by their savior one year later

Dr. Amir Khalil reunites with animals he rescued on FOUR PAWS missions

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War lion from Syria finally found a companion

FOUR PAWS plans to socialize rescued lions with others in South Africa

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The ultimate fight against deadly rabies in Myanmar

FOUR PAWS announces new plan to vaccinate one million dogs and cats

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August 10th is International Lion Day

From king of the jungle to a traded skeleton, FOUR PAWS urges South Africa to stop the breeding of lions

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International Win for Animal Welfare and Public Health

Indonesian Government Announces Ban on Dog and Cat Meat
after Ground Breaking Public Pressure

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Shocking Investigation Finds Tigers for Sale in Europe

FOUR PAWS research and police raid Czech facility, uncover ruthless, illegal tiger trade

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FOUR PAWS Opens Orangutan FOREST SCHOOL in Borneo

First orangutan students attend “classes” in the rainforest

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Hurricane Season Starts in 2 Weeks, Is Your Family Prepared?

FOUR PAWS offers tips for staying safe during emergencies

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Working Elephants Now Have Oasis for Rehab and Retirement

Former logging elephants, orphaned and injured animals, will be rehabilitated at new FOUR PAWS sanctuary

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3 Little Bears, Found in Bulgaria, Head to Bear School in Greece

Orphaned cubs cling to one another, rescued just in time

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A Cake the Size of a Lion

Huge lion cake displayed in South Africa designed to highlight lion crisis

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30,000 Dogs and Cats Vaccinated in One Month

Early results in fight against rabies in Myanmar; FOUR PAWS now sets 50,000 vaccination goal

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Easter Bunnies Are Not Gifts

Think twice before you buy a holiday pet

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Statement of Four Paws US Director, Robert Ware, in response to a tagged “big tusk” elephant being shot in trophy hunt near Gonarezhou National Park, Zimbabwe

In response to a tagged “big tusk” elephant being shot in trophy hunt near Gonarezhou National Park, Zimbabwe

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Statement in response to dog death on United Airlines flight

The tragic loss of life could have been avoided

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War Lions, who survived conflicts in Iraq and Syria, get new home in South Africa

Animals given life- long care in species appropriate home

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Lion cubs, victims of inbreeding, find new home in Dutch countryside

FOUR PAWS moves the animals from illegal zoo to specialized sancutary

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Bizarre discovery in Germany: Puma cub kept in apartment

FOUR PAWS provides sanctuary for cub that is victim of Europe’s trade in wild cats

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