Press Releases

28.03.2017 – ZOOXXI: first stop Barcelona
The paradigm shift regarding zoos around the world starts today in Barcelona. The ZOOXXI platform is launching the city's first Citizens' Initiative, an approach of participatory democracy tha...
15.11.2016 – FFW launches wildlife trafficking awareness campaign at Marrakesh airport on the fringes of COP22
Montreux, 15 November 2016 -- On the fringes of the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Franz Weber Foundat...
03.10.2016 – INTERNATIONAL IVORY TRADE BAN, AND PROPOSALS TO RELAX BAN, ALL DEFEATED
EU CASTS PIVOTAL 28 VOTES AGAINST BAN Some Additional Protection for Elephants at CITES, But Not Enough. JOHANNESBURG, 3 OCTOBER – A proposal for a permanent ban on international trade in el...
30.09.2016 – CITES: Latest News on the struggle for a better protection of Elephants
The African Elephant Coalition Support Group, led by the Swiss non-governmental organization Fondation Franz Weber, is supporting the Coalition’s 29 African member States to secure a permanent b...
04.02.2016 - UN: Children in France and Peru must also be protected from the violence of bullfighting
The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child urges two additional countries that conduct bullfighting activities to protect their children from the violence of bullfights. France and Peru are asked to ...
05.11.2015 – African Elephant Coalition demands a total ban on ivory trade
Representatives of 25 African countries meeting in Cotonou, Benin, have adopted a ground--breaking Declaration demanding a total ban on Ivory trade worldwide. The Cotonou Declaration, adopted by the A...
24.07.2015 – Catalonia prohibits the use of animals in circuses!
The Parliament of Catalonia, Spain, has adopted a Law prohibiting the use of animals in circuses within its territory. Working with the organization LIBERA!, Fondation Franz Weber has decisively contr...
19.06.2015 – Helvetia Nostra sends its determinations on the future zoning Law of Valais
Helvetia Nostra and other environmental organizations ent their determinations on the project of zoning Law of Valais. ...
08.04.2015 – EU urges to ban ivory exports immediately
Eighteen international environmental and conservation organisations are calling on European Union governments to halt all exports of raw ivory when the EU’s Committee on Trade in Wild Fauna and ...
20.03.2015 – Swiss Parliament passes law on Secondary Homes
Swiss Parliament passed today, with a wide majority, the law on Secondary Homes. Both Houses approved the compromise signed by Vera Weber, President of Fondation Franz Weber and Helvetia Nostra, and r...
19.02.2015 – Secondary Homes: the Law project threatens Swiss tourism
Fondation Franz Weber and Helvetia Nostra held a press conference today on the law project on secondary homes and Swiss tourism. Below, the press release in German. ...
22.12.2014 - Press Release: Argentina grants habeas corpus, the right to freedom, to an orang-utan
Argentinian Justice recently declared an orang-utan living in captivity in the Buenos Aires zoo a « non-human person », acknowledging her right to freedom. Fondation Franz Weber ...
14.10.2014 – Barcelona receives the Fondation Franz Weber Award for Animal protection public policies
During a formal ceremony presided by Barcelona’s Mayor, Xavier Trías, taking place on October 14th, 2014, in the «Room of One Hundred», professors, elected representatives, me...
25.09.2014 – Secondary Homes: One step forward and two backwards (in French and German)
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22.09.2014 Press Release FFW - Vera Weber officially becomes President.
For over 50 years, Franz Weber has fought to protect animals, nature and the environment. At 87, he is stepping down as President of the Fondation he created almost 40 years ago. His daughter Vera Web...
16.09.2014 – Chasse aux phoques: La Suisse se dirige enfin vers une interdiction des produits dérivés du phoque!
On September 16th, 2014, the Swiss Council of States accepted a Motion introduced by the National Counselor Oskar Freysinger, aiming to definitely ban all imports of seal products. A victory for the b...
15.08.2014 – Helvetia Nostra: Second homes initiative
On August 14th and 15th 2014, the Environment Commission of the Council of States addressed the issue of the Second Homes implementation law. The Commission voted in favour of the law drafted by the F...