It was with the goal of giving animals a voice, and giving them legal weight on an international scale that Fondation Franz Weber (FFW) founded the international organisation United Animal Nations (UAN) in 1979.
Modelled on the United Nations, the UAN unites 120 member organisations from around the world. The purpose of the organisation is to represent the animal kingdom effectively, to defend the interests of nature internationally and to increase public awareness of serious violations of animal rights.
As a body of the UAN, the International Court of Justice for Animal Rights punishes, following official trials, serious crimes against the animal kingdom which have not been taken up by the ordinary courts. It holds perpetrators accountable - and where necessary even calls ministers and government leaders to account.
The animal court comprises a president, two associate judges and a jury of six to twelve members. Cases may only be brought by duly constituted organisations.
Since 1979, trials held by the court have regularly attracted international media attention, in part thanks to the participation of renowned lawyers and experts. Both directly and indirectly, the International Court of Justice for Animal Rights has significantly improved the fate of animals.
Twenty international trials in 34 years:
February 2010: Whale and dolphin slaughter throughout Japan, Norway, Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands - Geneva
June 2008: Bullfighting in Spain, Portugal and France - Geneva
December 2005: Seal massacre in Canada (III) - Geneva
November 2003: Bullfighting in Spain, France and Portugal - Brussels
March 2002: Inhumane treatment of animals for slaughter in Europe (II) - Geneva
May 2001: Persecution and killing of certain dog breeds in Germany - Geneva
February 1999: Massacre of migratory birds in Europe - Geneva
March 1995: Transport of animals for slaughter in Europe (II) - Geneva
March 1993: Transport of animals for slaughter in Europe (I) - Geneva
December 1991: Massacre of dolphins and drift net fishing - Geneva
October 1989: Ivory trade and elephant massacre (II) - Geneva
February 1988: Wild horse massacre in Australia (II) - Geneva
June 1987: Wild horse massacre in Australia (I) - Geneva
April 1985: Bird massacre in Italy - Geneva
February 1984: Elephant massacre in Africa (I) - Geneva
November 1982: Seal massacre in Canada (II) - Geneva
June 1982: Bullfighting in Spain (I) - Geneva
March 1981: Transport of horses in Germany - Geneva
February 1980: Animal testing and vivisection - Strasbourg
March 1979: Seal massacre in Canada (I) - Bonn