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Pandemic puppies: the real impact of lockdown on the puppy trade

Joana Fernandes · 24.6.2021

Has our isolation lead to a surge in impulse buying of puppies? 

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Could the end of bear farming be one step closer?

Daisy Sopel · 21.6.2021

FOUR PAWS launches new campaign to eradicate bear farming in Hanoi 

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Successes Pave the Way Forward

Aaron Lax · 16.6.2021

We’re going to use fifteen years of experience to ensure the future is bigger, better, and brighter for animals worldwide. 

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Celebrating Fifteen Years of FOUR PAWS UK and the Future to Come

Brian da Cal · 15.6.2021

A look back on what we’ve achieved and a look forward to a kinder future for animals

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What does the G7 mean for climate change?

Emily Wilson · 14.6.2021

As the biggest global powers come together, let's talk about what this means for animal welfare. 

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We need YOUR HELP to stop fur sales in the UK!

Rebecca Dharmpaul · 9.6.2021

Make your voice heard and tell our Government why fur is wrong

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Government launches second Animal Welfare Bill

Emily Wilson · 8.6.2021

What does this new Bill mean for animal welfare?

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Faux Paws: Exotic Leather

Aaron Lax · 2.6.2021

Issue two of our four part series tackles the trade of exotic skins

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They Suffer, We Suffer

Rebecca Dharmpaul · 24.5.2021

End animal cruelty and prevent future pandemics

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Can we help prevent the next pandemic?

Rebecca Dharmpaul · 21.5.2021

Unmasking the link between food and pandemics

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What does Brexit mean for our food and animal welfare standards?

Rebecca Dharmpaul · 17.5.2021

Now it's up to us

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What does the Queen’s Speech mean for animal welfare? Let’s break it down

Emily Wilson · 12.5.2021

The next 12 months looks strong for animals, but is it enough?

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Let's make animal welfare a priority in Government

Daisy Sopel · 7.5.2021

With the new parliamentary session fast approaching, FOUR PAWS UK wants to see action from the Government on animal welfare legislation. 

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What is the real cost of owning a puppy?

Joana Fernandes · 7.5.2021

Key things to consider when thinking about getting a new friend 

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National Tourism Boards engaged in campaign to #ProtectMillions

Every year, over 10 million dogs and cats are slaughtered across Southeast Asia for the dog and cat meat trade.

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South African Government agrees to put an end to the Canned Lion Industry

Rebecca Dharmpaul · 4.5.2021

This courageous move from South Africa follows 15 years of FOUR PAWS campaigning to save countless lions from a life of suffering.

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Introducing Daisy Sopel

Daisy Sopel · 4.5.2021

Introducing our New Campaigns Assistant

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A Time Better Suiting the Crime

Rebecca Dharmpaul · 28.4.2021

Success! Sentencing for animal abuse increasing to five years

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Government Must Drag Public Food Procurement Standards Into the New Decade

Rebecca Dharmpaul · 23.4.2021

Now is the time to Make Food Kinder

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Standing Up to Call For a Fur Free Britain

Brian da Cal · 23.4.2021

We joined other NGOs to hand in 1 million signatures calling for an end to fur sales  

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The Four Paws Model Solution Wants Full Traceability of Pets

Joana Fernandes · 23.4.2021

How can illegal puppy dealers be excluded from the market?

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FOUR PAWS wants to bring illegal puppy traders to justice

Together with the Animal Protection Services, we want to hear from victims of the illegal puppy trade and get justice for puppies and families who have suffered at the hands of unscrupulous breeders.

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Behind the Scenes: A Further Look at a Slaughterhouse Closure

Dr Katherine Polak · 7.4.2021

Dr Katherine Polak tells us the delays that a slaughterhouse closure can face, and what happens once it is closed.

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The long arm of the law, reaching out to protect our four-legged friends

FOUR PAWS UK celebrates raft of unlicensed breeding cases being prosecuted  

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Wool with a Butt

Hannah Baker · 30.3.2021

High end and fast fashion ranked on efforts to remove mulesed wool

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Are you interested in helping animals? Apply now through the Kickstart programme!

Emily Wilson · 26.3.2021

FOUR PAWS UK is recruiting as part of a pioneering Government scheme

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The Vicious Cycle Involved in The Captive Big Cat Breeding Industry

FOUR PAWS reveals abuse affecting animals and people in South Africa

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Behind the Scenes: The Journey to a Dog and Cat Meat Slaughterhouse Closure

Dr Katherine Polak · 18.3.2021

An insight into how we #ProtectMillions

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The Dog and Cat Meat Trade; A global health risk – the report

Hannah Baker · 18.3.2021

New report highlights the need to end the cruel trade and stop future pandemics emerging.

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Faux Paws

Rebecca Dharmpaul · 12.3.2021

This spring, we highlight wool as the latest fashion faux pas

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One year on from COVID-19 being declared a global pandemic

Hannah Baker · 11.3.2021

But what is being done to prevent future pandemics?

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The Atlas Challenge

A global initiative to meat reduction

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The Women Fighting for Animals Around the Globe

Meet some of the FOUR PAWS female animal guardians

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Showing your pets some love

Aaron Lax · 19.2.2021

Join us in celebrating our supporters' animals

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Animal Friendly Fashion

Hannah Baker · 18.2.2021

The catwalks are changing with the times, is fashion?

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Helping travel companies become animal-friendly

Emily Wilson · 18.2.2021

When travel returns lets no forget how to Travel Kind 

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Race for natures recovery

Emily Wilson · 18.2.2021

FOUR PAWS embraces Government’s Kickstart recruitment 

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Plans for Rabbit Meat Farm in Cornwall

Hannah Baker · 18.2.2021

We’re hopping mad at proposals, and we’re not alone

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How to Share the Love to Your Pet This Valentine’s Day

Aaron Lax · 14.2.2021

This week, we’ve been sharing ideas with you to help you get your pet involved this Valentine’s Day. 

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Valentines to Vets – When Romance goes Wrong

Rebecca Dharmpaul · 12.2.2021

It is almost Valentine’s Day, and love is in the air. 

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COVID-19 and Stray Animals

What a pandemic means for stray cats and dogs

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Valentine's Recipes

Rebecca Dharmpaul · 11.2.2021

Cook up something to love

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No more monkey business

Emily Wilson · 2.2.2021

This year promises to be a big change for animals according to the Government and the next priority on the list is primates

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Telling the Government what a ban on live exports needs to look like

Emily Wilson · 1.2.2021

2021 may well be the year that we finally see a welcome end to long-distance live animal transport.

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Made of Fur? Not with MADELEINE

Rebecca Dharmpaul · 28.1.2021

Three months. Over 68,000 signatures. Result – No more fur for this fashion line! 

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Inspiration comes from Everywhere

What inspires our supporters?

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What a post-Brexit world looks like for animals?

Emily Wilson · 22.1.2021

Just before Christmas, and to the surprise of many, the UK and EU reached a landmark deal agreeing on trade relations once we left the European Union.

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Pet travel - what’s the new advice now that we’ve left the EU

Emily Wilson · 12.1.2021

Now that we have officially left the European Union it's critical that as a pet owner you are aware of the new laws around pet travel.

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A #LiveKinder Start to the Year

Aaron Lax · 11.1.2021

Make 2021 the year you go plant-based to #LiveKinder

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2020: The Highs and The Lows

Brian da Cal · 24.12.2020

UK Director Brian da Cal reflects on the year

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One Million Call to End the Dog Meat Trade

Hannah Baker · 8.12.2020

Petition to end the cruel dog and cat meat trade in Southeast Asia has reached a mammoth milestone!

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The biggest mission for the charity and so much more

Hannah Baker · 8.12.2020

FOUR PAWS UK Head of Communications explains what it’s like to join a rescue mission

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The Year that has been for FOUR PAWS

Hannah Baker · 8.12.2020

Animal welfare successes across 2020

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Knitting Kind

Emily Wilson · 24.11.2020

The animal-friendly knitting experience 

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Stopping the Cull After Brexit

Aaron Lax · 16.11.2020

The outcome of Brexit is unpredictable, but there are ways we can help animals during this time.  

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Animal Testing in a Post-Brexit World

Aaron Lax · 16.11.2020

With the completion of Brexit looming on 1st January, animal welfare standards mustn’t get diluted in the process  

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The Future for Pet Travel

Hannah Baker · 16.11.2020

Shedding light on what January 1st means for travelling with your four-legged friend

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Borders Are Closing In

Hannah Baker · 16.11.2020

Delays expected at the borders from 2021 

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Brokering a Better Deal for Animals

Hannah Baker · 16.11.2020

As Brexit edges closer here’s what you need to know 

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The Campaign Against Madeline

Fur fashion is cruel, and still happening

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Ways to Wear it Kind this Winter

Jenny Canham · 30.10.2020

Winter is almost upon us, and many of us will be reaching for the knitwear. But have you ever thought about the ways animals are affected by our fashion choices?

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Celebrating World Vegan Day!

Jenny Canham · 30.10.2020

Every year, World Vegan Day is celebrated on 1st November to help promote the benefits of a lifestyle that aims to cause as little harm to animals as possible.

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Award Winning Vet Leading the Way in SEA

Hannah Baker · 22.10.2020

FOUR PAWS celebrates Dr Katherine Polak winning the American Humane Hero Vet Award

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Your Voice Matters

Hannah Baker · 14.10.2020

Final calls to urge Government to take action to end commercial wildlife trade

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Introducing our NEW farmed animals gallery!

Jenny Canham · 14.10.2020

The ideal place to meet this wonderful range of characters

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Hands Off Approach is Best for Animal Welfare

Animal lover tells her experience of being lured into a cub petting ‘sanctuary’ in South Africa

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The Future Has to Be Fur Free

Hannah Baker · 18.9.2020

Ex-CEO of the British Fur Trade Association speaks out against the trade

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From Hell to the American Dream

Hannah Baker · 4.9.2020

Rescued from the dog meat trade, one four-legged friend’s luck has finally changed

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Travel Kind and Remember to Look, but Don’t Touch

Hannah Baker · 2.9.2020

How to be an animal-friendly traveller while still enjoying the beauty that animals have to offer

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Kindness at Home and Away

Hannah Baker · 2.9.2020

Steps we can all make to Travel Kind and enjoy what the world has to offer without contributing to cruelty

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Animal-Friendly Travel Is Easier Than You Think

Hannah Baker · 2.9.2020

We are calling on the public to be responsible travellers and Travel Kind – for the future of humankind, the planet and for animals.

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A Vote to Make a Lasting Difference for Animal Welfare

Emily Wilson · 28.8.2020

Agriculture Bill approaches life-changing vote that could help to create a better world for farm animals.

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#LiveKinder: Take the Challenge

Hannah Baker · 21.8.2020

Plant-based alternatives are better for you, the planet and animals  

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“Little Tiger”: New Report Reveals the Truth Behind Cat Meat Trade

Aaron Lax · 14.8.2020

Revealing the brutality behind the cat meat trade, causing the death of millions every year.

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THE SPOTLIGHT IS ON THE WILDLIFE TRADE

Hannah Baker · 5.8.2020

It’s time to end the commercial trade, for good. You can help us to make a difference through the power of #LiveKinder.

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#LiveKinder: How ‘Megafarms’ are Causing Animal Suffering in the UK

Jenny Canham · 29.7.2020

The number of ‘megafarms’ is growing in the UK and causing more animals to suffer
than ever.

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Time is Running Out to Secure a #BetterDealforAnimals

Jenny Canham · 24.7.2020

MPs vote against ensuring high food hygiene and animal welfare standards post Brexit.

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Think Before You Click: The Illegal Puppy Trade

Aaron Lax · 24.7.2020

Know the truth behind your purchase and what to look out for when bringing a new member into your family.

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Pets Are Not Guests, They Are Family

Aaron Lax · 24.7.2020

Responsible pet ownership in trying times. Find out how you can look at after your feline friends during the pandemic.

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Government Guidelines Are Failing Animals, the Planet, and Human Health

Jenny Canham · 23.7.2020

It's time to make a change and you can help us to do it. Read our article for more information.

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Stray Animal Care

Hannah Baker · 22.7.2020

Needed now, more than ever. The effects of the pandemic are rippling all over the world.

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Why House of Fraser Must Support a #FurFreeBritain

Jenny Canham · 16.7.2020

Fur is an example of how we have confined wild animals to small, filthy cages in their millions in order to produce frivolous fashion items, the production of which is also destroying the planet. 

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The Police Check That Changed A Bears Life

Emily Lloyd · 13.7.2020

When a routine police stopped a taxi in Vietnam - they were shocked with what was laying on the back seat.

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#LiveKinder: Why We Must End Mulesing

Jenny Canham · 7.7.2020

The truth behind wool and what we can do to change its future. Do you know what mulesing actually is?

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#LiveKinder: A Solution to the Dangers of the Dog and Cat Meat Trade

Aaron Lax · 3.7.2020

Not only does the dog and cat meat trade result in millions of animal deaths across Southeast Asia every year, many of them stolen pets.

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Taking the Pledge to #ProtectMillions: The Different Travel Company

Emily Wilson · 2.7.2020

The voice behind the decision to take a stand against the dog and cat meat trade.

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#LiveKinder: A Way to End the Tiger Trade

Aaron Lax · 26.6.2020

The tiger trade is bringing the exploitation of wild animals to our doorstep. It's time to stop it.

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No End in Sight

Hannah Baker · 22.6.2020

No respite for sale of puppies despite law change and COVID-19 restrictions

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Pledge to #LiveKinder this World Meat-Free Week

Jenny Canham · 16.6.2020

It’s #WorldMeatFreeWeek and we’re using this opportunity to think about how we can create a kinder world by looking at what we are eating.

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Calling for a #BetterDealforAnimals

Emily Wilson · 10.6.2020

Today is the second reading of the Agriculture Bill – a new national legislation to replace the laws previously covered by EU directives. 

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The Wildlife Trade

Emily Wilson · 8.6.2020

Recent events with the Covid-19 viral pandemic have showed the devastating impact on global citizens, economies, trade and animal welfare worldwide.

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#LiveKinder

Emily Wilson · 3.6.2020

A small change, but a big impact for people, animals and the planet

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A FOUR PAWS Statement on DCMT

A response to recent media around the dog and cat meat trade 

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Eating Well While We #Stayhome

Jenny Canham · 6.5.2020

A recipe for healthy, tasty, and kinder food. You can enjoy food that is cruelty-free, not taste free.

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How to Take Part this National Vegetarian Week

Jenny Canham · 6.5.2020

A time to explore new tastes! Do you know the benefits of a meat-free diet? Find out more!

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World Veterinary Day

Hannah Baker · 17.4.2020

Celebrate the world class vets at the helm of our emergency rescue missions

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World Earth Day

Jenny Canham · 17.4.2020

April 22nd is #EarthDay, and this year’s focus is on climate action!

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Melanka and Leo Have Been Waiting a Long Time to Be Rescued

#saddestbears Ukraine: These two bears live on the grounds of a country residence used by the President of Ukraine

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LUCY’S LAW COMES INTO FORCE

Joanna Randall · 6.4.2020

A step forward for animal welfare

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World Stray Day

Hannah Baker · 4.4.2020

How can you help stray cats at home, and abroad.

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National Puppy Day

Hannah Baker · 23.3.2020

Awareness day is a moment of reflection on the state of animal welfare in the UK

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House of Horrors - Ditch Fur for Good!

Jenny Canham · 18.3.2020

Over 140 million animals are killed for their fur every year, the majority spend their lives confined to dirty cages on fur farms in China or Europe.

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Stray Animal Care on Silk Island: Working at 36 Degrees

Andreas Rainer · 18.3.2020

Medical care for over 500 animals in Kambosha, Silk Island in Cambodia.

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Tipping the Scales Against Exotic Skins

Aaron Lax · 12.3.2020

The third instalment in our Wear It Kind campaign highlights the use of exotic skins in the fashion industry.

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A New Dawn for End the Cage Age and the Sentience Bill?

Aaron Lax · 12.3.2020

Parliamentary debate due on 16th March which could change animal welfare in the UK

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The Budget is on the Table

Hannah Baker · 10.3.2020

Money can be a blocker for schools and hospitals introducing better food policies but shouldn’t be.

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NEW TV ADVERT ROARS INTO ACTION

Martin Dale · 6.3.2020

Big Cat Focused Advert Coming to a Screen Near You

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The Harsh Reality of Angora Wool

Aaron Lax · 5.3.2020

As our Wear It Kind campaign continues to expand, we come across angora wool as our next instalment

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It’s Nicer to Neuter

Hannah Baker · 25.2.2020

Last year our teams across Europe and Southeast Asia neutered over 15,000 cats and dogs.

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Tackling the Down Industry

Jenny Canham · 20.2.2020

The cruelty behind down feathers.

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UNITED TO PROTECT MILLIONS

Hannah Baker · 14.2.2020

Global support to end the dog and cat meat trade. You can join us in our goal to #ProtectMillions

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An Ugly Trend: Could Fur Be Making a Comeback in the UK?

Jenny Canham · 4.2.2020

Find out how fur sales may be on the rise and what you can do help us stop it.

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A New Day, but Work to Protect Animals Never Ends

Hannah Baker · 1.2.2020

As we awake on the first day, post-Brexit, we want to assure you that we will be continuing to ensure that we retain Britain’s high animal standards.

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Are You Ready to #WearItKind?

Jenny Canham · 28.1.2020

We are very excited to announce the launch of our new campaign, Wear it Kind

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Making Trophy Hunting the Target

Aaron Lax · 20.1.2020

We have until 25th February to make a difference. Find out what you can do to help.

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Primates, not Pets

Aaron Lax · 14.1.2020

A growing number of primates are being kept as pets in horrid conditions, but we have a once in a lifetime opportunity to ban the breeding and sale of them as companions.

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In the Fight to End the Fur Trade

Aaron Lax · 20.11.2019

Find out how you can help us to make the fur trade a thing of history. We can't do it without you.

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Working to Make Food Kinder this World Kindness Day!

Aaron Lax · 13.11.2019

We're challenging the welfare standards of the farming industry. Find out more.

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World Vegan Month is Upon Us!

Aaron Lax · 7.11.2019

World Vegan Month is a time to celebrate the past, present, and future of veganism.

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A Cruel Journey

This is a true story - our investigators recount the terrifying journey animals experience in the dog and cat meat trade

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Answering the Call for Crimes Against Wildlife

Aaron Lax · 23.10.2019

We're giving our voice to ensure crimes against wildlife are sentenced more effectively.

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Volunteer for FOUR PAWS this Christmas Period!

Aaron Lax · 21.10.2019

Spread some Christmas cheer while changing the lives of animals across the world.

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Where the wild horses live

Andreas Rainer · 16.10.2019

The Romanian wilderness in the Danube Delta is one of the few remaining places in Europe where wild horses can live free. However, their existence was at...

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Young Supporters of FOUR PAWS UK

Aaron Lax · 15.10.2019

We celebrate the efforts of two of our youngest fundraisers. 

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Reaction to the Queen's Speech

Hannah Baker · 14.10.2019

Ambitious targets need to convert into world-leading environmental laws.

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Climbing Kilimanjaro to raise funds for Four Paws

Jenny Canham · 7.10.2019

Our amazing supporters Alexandra and James recently took on the challenge of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, to raise money for Four Paws! 

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Why World Day for Farmed Animals is so important

Jenny Canham · 30.9.2019

World Day for Farmed Animals - a day to take action!

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Celebrating rabbits on International Rabbit Day!

Jenny Canham · 25.9.2019

The perfect time to celebrate our recent victory for rabbits...plus some fun facts!

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Dog and cat meat consumption ban in UK

Joanna Randall · 20.9.2019

We urge the UK to take a stand against this cruel trade

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London Fashion Week 2019: Leave fur off the catwalk!

Jenny Canham · 12.9.2019

We urge London Fashion Week 2019 to show compassion to animals and ditch fur in this year's event! 

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Over 100,000 supporters for a #BetterDealForAnimals

Jenny Canham · 10.9.2019

A huge thank you to everybody who signed the petition calling for animal sentience to be recognised in UK law!

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A visit to Arosa Bear Sanctuary

Jo visits Arosa Bear Sanctuary in the beautiful Swiss Alps!

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We celebrate National Dog Day!

Joanna Randall · 21.8.2019

Meet five very good dogs FOUR PAWS helped this year

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Make Food Kinder - helping animals & the planet

Jenny Canham · 21.8.2019

Why we are urging local authorities to reduce animal products to help tackle climate change, and save animals too!

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Visit to FRIEND Farm Animal Sanctuary

Jenny Canham · 13.8.2019

Last week, we were incredibly lucky to spend our annual summer team away day at FRIEND Farm Animal Sanctuary.

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World Lion Day!

We celebrate World Lion Day by learning about volunteer Steph's experience at LIONSROCK!

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Welcome!

Jenny Canham · 6.8.2019

Welcome to our first UK blog update!

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Ground Zero of the Cambodian Dog Meat Trade

Dr Katherine Polak · 26.6.2019

A moments decision between life or death: Neary and Sopol get a second chance!

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Why we are celebrating International Disaster Risk Reduction Day

FOUR PAWS is providing assistance in crisis situations all over the world

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No Land in sight

The American East Coast was hit hard by hurricane Florence, forcing thousands to leave their homes and their animals behind - we packed our bags to go and look out for them

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Last Day on Lombok

Looking back on our 15 day mission in Indonesia

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Dog Meat Trade Indonesia

Beach paradise turns into hell for thousands of animals every year

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Lombok's lost paradise

Our dangerous mission to the Indonesian islands struck by earthquakes that left hundreds of animals in urgent need

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No more excuses, eBay

Our “Thanks eBay” campaign reveals the shocking truth about the online marketplace, and the role classified advertising sites play in enabling the illegal puppy trade.  

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What would life be without water?

Cape Town is bracing itself for Day Zero

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