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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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

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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