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Animal protection

29. Aug. 2019
Fondation Franz Weber

Media release: Historic CITES decisions prevent the export of more than 30 baby elephants in Zimbabwe

On August 27th, the 18th Conference of the Parties to CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) agreed to restrict exports of wild-caught African elephants to conservation programmes within their natural habitats, except in exceptional circumstances or emergency situations, and where benefits to conservation in Africa are demonstrated. Currently, more than 30 wild baby elephants are being held in enclosures in Zimbabwe. They were initially destined for zoos on other continents, mainly in China. The CITES decisions are now in force. Therefore, the exports cannot proceed without contravening the new rules.

Animal protection

27. Aug. 2019
Fondation Franz Weber

Media release: Live elephants will no longer be exported from Africa – except «in exceptional circumstances»

The export of live wild-caught elephants from Zimbabwe and Botswana to zoos and circuses beyond the African elephant range has, until now, been legal under international law. The Parties at the 18th Conference of the Parties (CoP 18) of CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) voted last Sunday 17 August to finally end this trade. For Fondation Franz Weber (FFW), an organization that has been at the forefront of the protection of elephants for the past 40 years, this decision is a huge advance towards the well-being of African elephants.