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.

two lions

Wild Animals in Zoos

Problem zone - Eastern Europe

two lions - canned hunting

Canned Lion Hunting

Born to be killed: lion hunting in South Africa

Big Cat Sanctuary LIONSROCK

LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary

Species appropriate home for more than 100 rescued animals in South Africa



It’s closer than you think! FOUR PAWS reveals the involvement of Europe in the ruthless trade and the cruel tiger business.

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Visit our Big Cat Sanctuary LIONSROCK

in South Africa