help for big cats

FOUR PAWS believes that big cats should not be kept as pets or for entertainment, as these wild animals suffer in captivity under inadequate keeping conditions including lack of expert care, frequent travelling, training and intensive interaction with humans. Unfortunately, thousands of big cats still live under very poor conditions in circuses, zoos and private ownership. Uncontrolled breeding causes ‘surplus’ animals that either end up dead or (illegally) traded to unsuitable places.

FOUR PAWS calls for the improvement of legal standards regarding keeping conditions in certified zoological facilities and sanctuaries and demands a ban on other forms of captivity. Devising solutions for unwanted and illegally kept big cats plays a crucial role in our work. Our big cat sanctuaries and centres offer rescued big cats a species-appropriate home.

Tiger behind bars

‘Europe’s second-class tigers’

A FOUR PAWS report documenting the out of control number of captive tigers in Europe and subsequent commercial trade

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Trophy Hunting

The barbaric nature of killing wild animals for sport

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Wild Animals in Zoos

Problem zone - Eastern Europe

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Canned Lion Hunting

Born to be killed: lion hunting in South Africa

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LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary

Species appropriate home for more than 100 animals, mainly big cats in South Africa

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EXPERIENCE SOUTH AFRICAN WILDLIFE

Volunteer at our Big Cat Sanctuary LIONSROCK

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