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2014

2014-12-18

Happy Birthday, FOUR PAWS Germany!

2014 FOUR PAWS Germany celebrates its 20th anniversary. 1994 FOUR PAWS Germany was founded in Hamburg. Now, 20 years later, we can look back on an eventful and moving history!
 
Enjoy wiht us the greatest successes of our teams from Germany!

 

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FOUR PAWS mourns longtime companion and friend

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FOUR PAWS mourns longtime companion and exceptional photographer Mihai Vasile. The Romanian photo artist has dedicated his life to the service of animals, and for about 20 years has travelled the world for FOUR PAWS – always looking for the perfect photo. His empathy for animals and his flair for the perfect moment are captured in his unique pictures. Even though Mihai left us far too soon, he will live on through his pictures.

 

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Highlights & achievements

 


Projects


TV-documentary about Big Cat Sanctuary LIONSROCK

LIONSROCK: A species-appropriate home for abused big cats!
© FOUR PAWS | Mihai Vasile

In December the Austrian TV channel ORF 2 shows the top-quality documentary “LIONSROCK - Return of the King”. Thomas Rilk and Andreas Laschober accompany the six lions, whom we transferred from the Dutch rescue centre FELIDA to our Big Cat Sanctuary LIONSROCK last July. After living in captivity for many years they can finally lead a species-appropriate life there

 

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LIONSROCK: A new life for six lions

Six lions formerly living in zoos or circus finally found a species-appropriate home.
© FOUR PAWS | Mihai Vasile

For six lions, a new species-appropriate life begins under the African sun: FOUR PAWS brings the former zoo and circus lions from the rescue station FELIDA to the FOUR PAWS Big Cats Sanctuary LIONSROCK, where they can enjoy their retirement in huge enclosures. They were accompanied along their journey by a TV crew of ORF – the result was an amazing documentary: ‘’LIONSROCK – The Return of the King’’.


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Tigress "Cara" rescued from private kepping

Tigress Cara lived in a tiny cage.
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In July FOUR PAWS brought a young tigress from Italy to the Rüsselsheim animal shelter in Hessen (Germany). The big cat, around one year old, had been illegally kept in a tiny cage by a private person and was discovered and confiscated by the Italian police during a raid when she was only five months old. The police informed the Italian animal welfare organisation LAV (Lega Anti Vivisezione), who in turn asked FOUR PAWS for help.

 

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BEAR SANCTUARIES: A new life for bears

Bear Hanna is enjoying her new life in BEAR SANCTUARY Müritz.
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In 2014, FOUR PAWS kept helping bears in need. This year, we were able to rescue nine bears from poor keeping conditions and give them a new, species-appropriate home in one of our bear sanctuaries; among them two Bulgarian bears, which were taken in by the Dancing Bears Park Belitsa. In April, we welcome the twentieth bear in Bear Forest Müritz – Hanna from the Animal park Wolgast. Overall, we look after 68 bears in our bear projects in Bulgaria, Germany, Kosovo, Austria and Ukraine.

 

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BEAR SANCTUARY Prishtina: 1-year-anniversary

BEAR SANCTUARY Prishtina has been officially opened this year!
© FOUR PAWS | Hazir Reka

The youngest of our Bear Sanctuaries celebrates a small anniversary this fall: Last year, FOUR PAWS rescued several restaurant bears in Kosovo and built them a new home. In September 2014, the BEAR SANCTUARY Prishtina was officially opened. And its residents now have more space: The four new outdoor enclosures are ready and the bears now have a total of five acres available. 

 

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FOUR PAWS supports Kuterevo Bear Refuge in Croatia

FOUR PAWS extends its help for bears to Croatia.
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FOUR PAWS will support the Kuterevo Bear Refugee in Croatia build a new enclosure to accommodate two bears from the municipal zoo in Split. For a long time now, the zoo has received criticism for the way it keeps brown bears and other animals. A change in the city’s government has finally brought a new readiness to significantly improve conditions, and to give the bears up to the refugee. If the construction work goes to plan, the two bears from Split will be able to move into their new enclosure in Kuterevo Bear Refugee in spring 2015.

 

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Disaster Relief I: Balkans Floods

Heavy rains caused severe floods in Balkans. FOUR PAWS was on site to help!
© FOUR PAWS | Mihai Vasile

In May and June, day-long rains lead to severe flooding in Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia. A FOUR PAWS emergency team was three weeks in the crises region, to supply farm and domestic animals with food and medicine. FOUR PAWS also provides food donations for the weeks after the flood. 

 

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Disaster Relief II: Rapid Response Mission inGaza

FOUR PAWS was rescuing three lions.
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At the end of September, FOUR PAWS freed two lions and a lioness from the completely wrecked ‘‘Al Bisan’’ Zoo in the northern Gaza Strip. In a delicate mission, the weakened animals are brought to their temporary home in Jordan, where they recover from the strain. Of about 80 animals from the Zoo, only close to 30 survived the devastating bomb attacks.

 

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Birth control for Romanian wild horses

FOUR PAWS will contiue its birth control in Letea forest.
© FOUR PAWS | Christian Nistor

Since the population of wild horses of the Romanian Letea forest, has grown steadily in the recent years, FOUR PAWS is carrying out a project for birth control, in which the mares are administered a contraceptive. Next year, a team of FOUR PAWS staff and Romanian veterinarians will continue to take care of the horses in the Danube Delta. 

 

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Stray Animal Care I: The Baltic States

FOUR PAWS is helping stray animals all over the world.
© FOUR PAWS | Mihai Vasile

In March FOUR PAWS starts a new stray project in Lithuania and Latvia. The municipalities of the capitals Vilnius and Riga have opted for castration as the only humane and long-term method of birth control in stray animals. The stray animal care was repeated this October as well, with FOUR PAWS employees and veterinaries to visit Lithuania and Latvia.

 

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Stray Animal Care II: Partial Success for Romanian Strays

FOUR PAWS has blocked a truck loaded with hundreds of dead dogs.
© FOUR PAWS | Matthias Schickhofer

The commitment of FOUR PAWS culminates in a winning stage against the controversial killing law for Romanian stray dogs. On June 20, the so-called application norms of the law are overridden. This meant that killing of stray dogs became illegal.

 

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‘‘Dogs for People‘‘: Strays help senior citizens

FOUR PAWS is offering a second chance for stray dogs.
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The FOUR PAWS project ’’Dogs for People’’ launched in 2004, offers former strays a new life. They are trained by experts to become therapy or rescue dogs. In addition to working with children and youngsters, the trained animals went in 2014 for the first time, to a nursing home as valuable visitors for the senior citizens living there.

 

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Campaigns

 


#SaveKimi: Make Burberry fur-free!

Since October FOUR PAWS is fighting to make Burberry fur free.
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Also in 2014, FOUR PAWS contribution against fur continues: We protest against fur at the British fashion brand Burberry in London, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Vienna and Zurich – and on the Internet. In fall, the small fox Kimi became the symbol of our campaign; he lives on a Finnish fur farm and will probably spend his last days there. We collect about 280.000 protest votes and demonstrate in front of the fur farm. Burberry, which among other farms, gets their fur from this farm, refuses to discuss with FOUR PAWS the fate of Kimi and the other two million fur animals. We won't stop! 

 

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Down: Cruelty Free Down Challenge

Cruelty Free Down Challenge for more transparency within the down industry.
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Also in 2014, FOUR PAWS advocated for the end of live plucking. We negotiate with representatives of the down industry about how the protection of ducks and geese on the entire supply chain can be ensured. Animals should not be plucked alive and neither suffer from force feeding. Successfully – the outdoor produces The North Face plans on changing until 2017 to complete free animal suffering. Our campaign website ,,Cruerly Free Down Challenge’’ shows consumers, which outdoors brands value the concept of free of animal suffering and which are still far away.

 

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Buffaloes: FOUR PAWS claims for better keeping conditions

FOUR PAWS claims for better keeping conditions of buffaloes.
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In the Summer of 2014 FOUR PAWS launched an campaign about the farm conditions and welfare of buffaloes used for the production of mozzarella cheese in Italy. Due to the increasing demand of buffalo mozzarella cheese the farming of buffaloes has shifted towards intensive farming practices in which the welfare of the animals has been compromised in many aspects. 

 

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Fur-free initiative grows

Zara, Jack & Jones, Only, Vero Moda and Lidl have joined the Fur Free Retailer Program
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In action against fur in 2014, we are happy about these achievements: The retailed program supported by FOUR PAWS, ‘’Fur Free Retailer’’ is joined by further companies – such as the Otto Group, Lidl, Kaufland as well as the Spanish Inditex-Group, allong with the worldwide known fashion brands Zara and Massimo Dutti. The companies undertake  to refrain from the use of fur in their branches and Online shops to 100%.

 

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With Click! to "More humanity towards animals"

With Click! to more humanity towards animals
© Manfred Baumann

2014 is also the time of our photo project Click!, which aims to create new imagery for animal welfare while bringing people and animal welfare closer together. Celebrity support came among other from the Austrian star photographer Manfred Baumann, who staged our motto ‘’More Humanity towards Animals’’ with international and national celebrities. The results were exhibited in London, Zurich, Hamburg and Vienna.

 

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