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is the global animal welfare organisation for animals under direct human influence, which reveals suffering, rescues animals in need and protects them. Our vision is a world where humans treat animals with respect, empathy and understanding.

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We work to ensure that companion animals, farm animals and wild animals are legally protected from exploitation and abuse. 

We collaborate with policy makers and stakeholders in the EU to prevent illegal trade and other cruel commercial activities in both pets and wildlife, as well as to improve the lives of farm animals suffering in intensive farming systems and live transport.

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Eight Member States seek to blunt the ambition of EU new laws on animal welfare

Animal welfare organisation FOUR PAWS alarmed calling on EU Agricultural Ministers to stop suffering of livestock

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CoP15 announces adoption of Global Biodiversity Framework

New agreement contains promising goals for environmental conservation but fails to include language on animal welfare and continues to support 'sustainable use' of wildlife

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Raising the issue of EU-bred tigers exported to Vietnam

New brief explores the connection between tiger breeding in the EU and consumption within Vietnam. 

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World Soil Day: Why does animal farming matter for soil health?

If the EU Soil Strategy for 2030 is to effectively tackle soil degradation it needs to include measures on animal farming. 

A piggery - many pigs in small confined metal stalls

COP27 Fails to Produce Transformative Change

Without addressing food systems at UN level, climate targets set out by the Paris Agreement cannot be met.

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Despite EU-wide ban: Cruel Live plucking of geese still common in Poland

FOUR PAWS reveals animal welfare violations on almost half of investigated farms

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Pollution From the Livestock Sector Must Be Addressed

A joint statement to demonstrate support to the Industrial Emissions Directive 

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