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Animal protection
13. May. 2022

The elephants Pocha and Guillermina have already arrived at the sanctuary in Brazil

The Asian elephants Pocha and Guillermina arrived at the Brazilian Elephant Sanctuary (SEB) in Mato Grosso this Thursday morning, after five days of travel from Mendoza, Argentina. The animals they had left the ecopark of the provincial capital on Saturday afternoon and his release was celebrated and accompanied by a caravan of cars.

Animal protection
07. Mar. 2022

Campaigners, Nations Encourage Japan to Close Ivory Market

Africa’s elephants top a packed agenda for the CITES Standing Committee meeting opening Monday that covers protection for 30+ species of plants and animals. Delegates will consider the live trade in elephants, management of ivory stockpiles, and the closure of domestic ivory markets.

Animal protection
29. Sep. 2021

Wildlife trade body accused of rubber-stamping scandalous sale of at risk elephants

The global wildlife trading body has released a statement regarding Namibia’s scandalous firesale of endangered elephants. Experts and NGOs have condemned the response from the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). They argue that it effectively rubber-stamps Namibia’s plan.

Animal protection
23. Sep. 2021

Namibia’s Live Elephant Exports: Where are they going?

Ever since the announcement by Namibia’s Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism (MEFT) on the 2nd December 2020, the intended capture and export of dozens of wild elephants in Namibia has been the subject of global media coverage. Yet, as the first captures begin, the destination of the elephants remains shrouded in secrecy.

Animal protection
26. Aug. 2021

UN told to get serious about wildlife trade risks in its plan for saving biodiversity

The UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is engaged in a critical meeting between 23 August and 3 September. During the days-long session, the body is doing advance preparations for the Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF). The world is currently in the midst of an extinction crisis, so the framework will essentially establish the global plan to turn this travesty around.

Animal protection
20. Nov. 2020

Fondation Franz Weber and 14 other organizations call on the EU to close the ivory trade

On November 9, 2020, the Franz Weber Foundation and 14 other nature and animal protection organizations called on the EU to finally close its internal market for ivory by deleting the exceptions currently granted in the law. The European Commission is expected to announce further changes to its ivory legislation soon. The NGOs expect the EU – currently the largest still open internal market for ivory – to finally take on responsibility.

Animal protection
14. Oct. 2020

A Disturbing Peek Inside Argentina's Horse Meat Industry

A new documentary uncovers some disturbing truths about the unregulated networks that provide more than half of the horse meat that Europe consumes.

Animal protection
08. Oct. 2020

Wild elephants relocated, contracepted and tracked to better understand behaviour

The immunocontraception of female elephants are integral to controlling elephant populations, and saving them from being culled. This is HSI-Africa’s 1041st elephant to receive non-invasive immunocontraception.

Animal protection
25. Aug. 2020

EXPLAINED: Why a plan to shoot deer at this Basel City cemetery is causing a storm

A plan to shoot several deer who live in a cemetery just a few kilometres from the centre of Basel is causing a stir in Switzerland.

Animal protection
28. Apr. 2020

Coronavirus: Is CITES still relevant?

The current COVID-19 outbreak is the latest and particularly devastating example of hundreds of viruses jumping from animals to humans. About 75% of emerging infectious diseases in humans are zoonotic, accounting for billions of illnesses and millions of deaths annually across the globe. When these diseases spill over to humans, the origin is almost always anthropogenic (caused by human action). This includes the destruction of natural habitat, climate change, intensive livestock farming and, of course, the international wildlife trade.

Nature protection
17. Apr. 2020

Investigating the murky trade in aquarium fish and coral

Every year, millions of ornamental tropical fish and pieces of living coral fly across the world to end up in home and business aquariums in Europe and other wealthy markets. While much of the trade is currently legal and provides livelihoods for low-income people in Asia and Africa who collect these goods, there are also big concerns about illegality and unsustainability.

Animal protection
10. Nov. 2019

No Longer Business as Usual: A New Approach to Conservation

How are conservationists now viewing our approach to protecting wildlife?

With over one-million species now facing possible extinction, according to the UN IPBES Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystems Services, global conservation bodies have responded swiftly by taking urgent new measures to stem the tide.

Animal protection
17. Sep. 2019

Swiss to vote on banning factory farming

Voters will have the final say on a people’s initiative aimed at outlawing large-scale livestock production in Switzerland.

Animal protection
27. Aug. 2019

Wild elephants must stay in Africa as zoo trade is banned

Live elephants will no longer be exported from Africa, except “in exceptional circumstances”.

Animal protection
23. Aug. 2019

CITES CoP 18 missed opportunity to protect elephants - FFW

The Fondation Franz Weber (FFW) – an organisation that campaigns to protect nature and animals – on Friday said the ongoing CITES-CoP18 had missed a golden opportunity to protect elephants.

Animal protection
18. Aug. 2019

Wildlife conference to tackle elephant conservation

Delegates from more than 180 countries are gathering for the meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites).

Animal protection
17. Aug. 2019

Elephant protection debate to dominate conservation meeting

Different approaches to protecting elephants are set to dominate the debate at a key conservation conference starting in Geneva today.

Animal protection
23. May. 2019

Animal rights activists score win at Barcelona zoo

Animal rights activists in Barcelona are celebrating a victory after the Spanish city ordered its municipal zoo to restrict the breeding of captive animals unless their young are destined to be reintroduced into the wild.

Animal protection
19. May. 2019

Basel voters pour cold water over plans for zoo aquarium

Voters in Basel have rejected a controversial project to build a giant aquarium complex for the local zoo – the largest attraction of its kind in land-locked Switzerland.

Animal protection
15. May. 2019

Voters to decide fate of giant Basel aquarium

The people of Basel are set to vote on a project for a giant aquarium complex. Supporters believe the „Ozeanium” will contribute to environmental education and nature conservation. But opponents say the project is unsustainable.

Nature protection
04. Apr. 2019

Pioneering environmentalist Franz Weber dies aged 91

The Swiss environmentalist Franz Weber has died at the age of 91. The Basel activist was responsible for over 150 campaigns but is best known for his defence of the alpine landscape, in particular against the spread of secondary residences.

Animal protection
26. Oct. 2017

The plight of baby elephants in Zimbabwe

The cruelty of the capture of baby elephants from their families in the wild has been revealed in disturbing photos and videos secretly taken in Zimbabwe last month, writes Adam Cruise. They show newly captured elephants being repeatedly kicked in the head.

Animal protection
03. Oct. 2017

Exclusive: footage shows young elephants being captured in Zimbabwe for Chinese zoos

Rare footage of the capture of wild young elephants in Zimbabwe shows rough treatment of the calves as they are sedated and taken away

Animal protection
13. Jul. 2017


It’s a Saturday morning, and excitable children, sullen teenagers and stressed parents are streaming through the gates of Barcelona Zoo. So begins a typical day at one of the city’s oldest public institutions. For 125 years, the zoo has been a fundamental establishment in Barcelona for tourists and locals alike, evolving from a small, private collection into a modern zoo with more than 2,000 animals. Yet as global attitudes towards zoos change, and animal rights activists pile on the pressure, Barcelona Zoo is once again being forced to evolve with the times.

Animal protection
01. Apr. 2017

ZOOXXI, the transition to the zoo of the future

Project ZOOXXI was born from the ideals of anonymous citizens – activists, animal rights campaigners, university students, scientists and teachers – who question these urban facilities we call “zoos” that are heirs to the historical tradition of the human domination of other animals.

Animal protection
03. Mar. 2017

Switzerland bans import of most seal products

The Swiss government has banned imports of most seal products from April 1. This measure brings its rules in line with those of the European Union.

Animal protection
07. Oct. 2016

Fate of Africa’s Elephants Hangs in the Balance after COP 17

A golden opportunity to stop the catastrophic decline of Africa’s elephants had been missed as CoP17 wrapped up in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

Animal protection
03. Oct. 2016

Breaking: Pro-Ivory Trade Country’s Change of Heart Upends Elephant Debate

In a dramatic switch, the country with the world’s largest population of elephants, Botswana, urges a ban on ivory trading.

Animal protection
22. Sep. 2016

Members of Congress Urge US Delegates to Support Permanent Ban on the Ivory Trade

Fifty-four members from both houses of the US House of Representatives sent a letter today to Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, urging the United States to vocally and strongly support the highest level of protections for African elephants at the upcoming Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Animal protection
16. Sep. 2016

This Popular Aquarium Fish Might Vanish From the Wild

The survival of a spectacular coral fish from Indonesia may depend on a decision made in South Africa this month.

Animal protection
31. Aug. 2016

#ShockWildlifeTruths: Elephant numbers in Africa decrease by a third in just 7 years

Cape Town – A pan-African survey of African savannah elephants has revealed declines of a staggering 30% – 144 000 elephants,  between 2007 and 2014 in the areas covered by the survey.

Animal protection
24. Aug. 2016

Why Some Countries Don't Want to Do More to Protect Elephants

What to do about the African elephant poaching crisis looms large ahead of next month’s major international wildlife trade meeting.

Animal protection
01. Jul. 2016

Southern Africa holds the rest of Africa to ransom over ivory trade

South Africa, along with Namibia and Zimbabwe, will not be joining 29 other African nations in calling for a total ban on ivory sales – in fact, they are about to do the opposite.

Animal protection
17. Jun. 2016

In Fighting Illegal Ivory, EU Lags Behind

The European Union is the largest exporter of legal ivory, leading to concern that it’s fueling a parallel illegal trade—and the slaughter of elephants.

Animal protection
03. Jun. 2016

South Africa and Kenya Seek Consensus on Ivory Trade

South Africa and Kenya will hold talks with other African countries to find a common position on ivory trade ahead of the 17th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in Johannesburg in September-October.

Animal protection
30. Apr. 2016

Saving Elephants: It’s Not Just About Burning Ivory

Kenya will burn 105 tons of ivory on Saturday 30 April – the largest destruction of ivory in Africa’s history and seven times the size of any ivory stockpile destroyed so far.

Animal protection
15. Apr. 2016

From coral reef to „aquarium filler“: the beauty of tropical fish is their doom

Gorgeous coral fish are to be seen everywhere, writes Monica Biondo, decorating aquariums in restaurants, doctors’ offices and living rooms. The coral fish trade is booming! But it’s destroying the reefs themselves, and driving many species to extinction. The Banggai Cardinalfish is among those unlikely to survive as this evil trade lays waste to them and their precious habitat.

Animal protection
19. Jan. 2016

Trade Sanctions for Three Countries Over Illegal Ivory

The convention regulating the international wildlife trade voted last week to take concrete steps to combat the illegal ivory trade.

Animal protection
10. Apr. 2015

European Union urged to ban ivory exports immediately

Eighteen international environmental and conservation organizations are calling on European Union governments to halt all exports of raw ivory when the EU’s Committee on Trade in Wild Fauna and Flor

Homeland protection
19. Feb. 2015

Demand for stricter application of holiday homes law

Environmentally minded proponents of the “Lex Weber” law approved by Swiss voters nearly three years ago complain the government is intent on weakening the law’s aim of setting limits on new holiday homes.

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