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Our work for better animal welfare

#AnimalsMatter

In May 2021, the Government proposed the Action Plan for Animal Welfare which set out to vastly improve animal welfare in the UK.  

The Government went on to introduce the Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill in June 2021, which set out to improve welfare standards for kept animals in Great Britain. 

This would be ground-breaking Bill set out to ban the live export of farmed animals, a key Brexit promise, tackle puppy smuggling, banning primates as pets and improving the standards of zoos.  

Despite countless promises, the Bill stalled, and eventually in May 2023 it was dropped altogether. 

During this time, we have seen animal welfare be continuously deprioritised and be seemingly forgotten. Along with the Kept Animals Bill; the government-backed Hunting Trophies (Import Prohibition) Private Members Bill also stalled in the House of Lords in September last year. We are also awaiting the published consultation responses from a government consultation on the sale and trade of fur in the UK, as well as a promised public consultation on the cage keeping of farmed animals. 

In this crucial period, with the various political parties due to be announcing their upcoming election manifestos, we need to remind politicians that #AnimalsMatter. As part of a long-term animal welfare strategy, we want to see the following reflected in all political party’s upcoming election manifestos: 

  • A ban on live farmed animal exports
  • An end to puppy and kitten smuggling
  • An end to caged keeping of farm animals
  • No more imports and sales of fur
  • A ban on the import of hunting trophies
  • Core animal welfare standards in trade
  • Compulsory animal welfare labelling on food items
  • National food and procurement policies that commit to “less and better” animal products

Find out more about what we want to see political Parties commit to:

Animals Matter

Animals Matter

Animals matter; to our climate, to our health, to our economy, and to British voters. They matter as sentient individuals. Improving animal welfare is both popular with the electorate and essential to creating a safe, sustainable and fair future.

Animal Welfare Matters

Animal Welfare Matters

A manifesto for animals – a better future for people and planet

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Companion Animals

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Companion Animals


Life with a pet is a wonderful thing. Cats, dogs and small mammals are our family members, friends and companions. Every animal is an individual and therefore has its own needs.

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Farm Animals

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Farm Animals


We have been working for decades to improve conditions in relation to the breeding, transport and slaughter of farm animals such as cattle, ducks, poultry, pigs and sheep. 

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Wild Animals

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Wild Animals


Bears rescued from tiny forgotten cages, lions flown out from zoos devastated by war, orangutan orphans raised and trained to survive in the jungle on their own – all over the world, we help wild animals in need.

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Nutrition

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Nutrition


Our food choices directly impact on the lives of animals, our health and the planet as a whole. We can help animals by making more compassionate food choices.

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Our policy work

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Our policy work


Changing legislation to improve the lives of animals on farms, in our homes and in the wild is at the very heart of FOUR PAWS, and something we pride ourselves on.

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