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10000 cinemagoers watched a movie and saved a lion

Nu Metro raised over R50 000 for FOUR PAWS Animal Welfare Foundation


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The Cub Petting Scam

The temptation to cuddle or pet a lion cub might be inevitable, but it truly is just a big scam. Here’s how you will be part of the problem. 


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Animal protection organizations roar to shun South Africa’s Big Cat Scam this World Animal Day

Humane Society International/Africa and FOUR PAWS South Africa expose the captive lion breeding industry and ask tourists and residents to help #ProtectLions.


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The Walking With Lions Scam

Are we actually doing more harm than good with these once in a lifetime photo opportunities? Walk with them now, but they’ll be killed later!


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Eat plant-based to help save wildlife this #WorldAnimalDay!

LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary embraces global plant-based food trend and joins HSI’s Green Monday South Africa movement 


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The Lion Bone Scam

The commodification of captive bred lions in South Africa for their bones has been ongoing since 2008, with the skeletons predominantly exported to Southeast Asia. 


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Big cats from war zones

In recent years, FOUR PAWS had several successful missions in rescuing big cats from war-torn countries such as Iraq, Gaza and Syria. 


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Welfare Concerns

Serious welfare concerns persist in the captive breeding and keeping of indigenous and exotic predators for commercial exploitation, particularly with the increasing profit-driven commodification of lion products.


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Our current Campaigns

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#RUTHLESSTRADE

With no clear rules and regulations within the European Union tigers are being bred, traded and moved with no one really knowing exactly ...

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End the suffering of Vietnamese bile bears

The gallbladder of the bile bear is punctured with a needle through the abdominal wall. The anaesthetic is often administered ...

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Canned Lion Hunting

Born to be killed: lion hunting in South Africa

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wild animals


Everything important about local and exotic wildlife
 

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companion animals


Our topics around dogs, cats, rabbits and other pets
 

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helping animals in crisis


Find out more about FOUR PAWS aid to animals in crisis regions.

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nutrition


Delicious, healthy and varied diet is also animal friendly

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Farm animals

Now inform about cattle, pigs, chickens, geese, sheep & Co
 

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Stray ANimals

Worldwide projects to neuter stray dogs and cats 

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Animal Rescues​​​​​​

Read more about our emotional animal rescues.​​​​​

Rescue Caruso

This beautiful tiger moved from our FELIDA Big Cat Centre to LIONSROCK in March this year.

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Rescue Motan and Pisa

Motan and Pisa have settled in incredibly well at our project LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary & Lodge! 

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Rescue Rocco

FOUR PAWS rescues bears from a tiny cage in Albania

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Rescue Lili, Lulu and Lac

The impromptu rescue of three nameless Asiatic black bears 

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Rescue Bear Cub

FOUR PAWS rescues orphaned bear cub from basement  

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Rescue Keo, Lim, Dieu, San and Khoai Lang

Five bears rescued from agonising conditions in Vietnam

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