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FOUR PAWS is an Austrian based International Animal Welfare Organisation with offices in ten European countries, South Africa and the USA

FOUR PAWS was founded in 1988 in Austria to campaign against fur farms and against battery farmed eggs. During its early years the charity was very successful, closing down numerous fur farms, stopping two airlines transporting wild birds and generating awareness about the suffering of bears at tourist attractions.


In 1994 FOUR PAWS started to work internationally until, in 2003, the organisation became FOUR PAWS International. We recognized that European laws and directives that have a major impact on animal welfare across Europe may be passed at European level rather than by governments of individual countries. This is why we have a team in Brussels who take part in relevant political decision-making processes.

However, we also lobby and submit proposals to governments in individual countries where we can help improve national animal welfare laws.

Today, FOUR PAWS has offices in ten European countries, South Africa and the USA. Our work helps animals all over the world. This international approach allows FOUR PAWS to lobby and campaign more effectively improving animal welfare and improving thousands of animals’ lives each year.