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Farm animals

FOUR PAWS has been working for decades to improve conditions in relation to the breeding, transport and slaughter of so-called farm animals such as cattle, ducks, poultry, pigs and sheep. Each year, billions of farm animals die after a short life in a terrible environment.
 
Our international campaigns have successfully initiated a transition towards animal-friendlier down production in the textile and bedding industry. One of FOUR PAWS' long-term goals is to achieve a ban on keeping laying hens in cages.

A few years ago, FOUR PAWS initiated an animal welfare labelling scheme to provide consumers of animal products with details on breeding, transport and slaughter. Our aim is to help consumers make informed decisions and to support alternative, animal-friendlier production. 

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Reducing Antibiotic Use by Improving Animal Welfare

By 2050, antimicrobial resistance could cause 10 million deaths each year

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Hen after laying an egg

Reducing Antibiotic Use by Improving Animal Welfare

By 2050, antimicrobial resistance could cause 10 million deaths each year

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Hen after laying an egg

DAY-OLD CHICKS: DEATH ON THE ASSEMBLY LINE

How millions of male chicks die in egg production

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Hen after laying an egg

LAYING Hens 

With over 300 eggs per year: the high-performance chickens in the egg industry

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#LIVEKINDER FOR FARM ANIMALS

Read our report on farm animals and the rise of “factory farms” in South Africa

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The Atlas Challenge

The FOUR PAWS meat reduction ranking

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Mother Instinct and Piglet Behaviour

Mother Instinct and Piglet Behaviour

How piglets grow up in agriculture and what are the possible problems in intensive farming

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Piglets

Piglet Castration

How young pigs are neutered without anaesthesia

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Animal Transport Issues

The truth about live animal transport in the EU

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Mother cow and calf

Alternatives To Dairy Cow Husbandry

Why mother-bound calf rearing and nursing cattle are more animal-friendly

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Foie Gras Production in Bulgaria

Foie Gras

The dark side of a delicacy

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Eggs

Hidden Cage Eggs in Processed Food

Whilst millions of Europeans want to end suffering of hens, they continue to suffer in narrow cages

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Organic dairy cows

Mother-Bonded Calf Rearing

A scientific study on the mitigation of weaning distress in cow-calf-contact systems

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Sheep for wool production

Sheep Wool

Painful mutilations – the bloody business of sheep wool production

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mutilation of farm animals

Why is so much surgery carried out without anaesthesia?

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Age of Farm Animals

Age of Farm Animals

How old would a cow, a pig or a hen get to be if the animals were not slaughtered?

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Our food choices

has a direct impact on the lives of animals

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