28.07.2020
Fondation Franz Weber

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the abolition of bullfighting in Catalonia!

Fondation Franz Weber is working for an end of bullfighting in the whole world. That is why some of the activists who won this magnificent victory in Catalonia in 2010 have been part of our team ever since. The FFW is present in 7 of the 8* countries where these cruel practices are still allowed and will not rest until bullfighting has completely disappeared all over the world.
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Animal protection
04. Jun. 2020
Rebekka Gammenthaler

4 reasons why zoonoses such as COVID-19 are on the rise

Approximately 60% of new infectious diseases are zoonoses–diseases spread from animals to humans. Most of them, over 70%, come from wild animals. Since the 1980s, every ten years, the number of new infectious diseases has more than tripled. More than two of these diseases are of animal origin. What are the factors behind this? And why are there more and more of these zoonoses?
Animal protection
27. May. 2020
Fondation Franz Weber

News from Brazil: Mara now lives together with the other elephants!

Last week Mara finally arrived at the Brazilian elephant sanctuary after leaving the zoo in Buenos Aires, Argentina, behind for good. In order for Mara to reach her destination in Brazil, the Fondation Franz Weber team worked closely with the team of the zoo and the sanctuary.
Animal protection
24. Apr. 2020
Fondation Franz Weber

#BecauseWeEatAnimals: COVID-19

Sars-CoV-2 caused an unprecedented global crisis, despite several early warnings from the scientific community and health authorities at an international level. Research indicates that the virus originates from a wet market in Wuhan, China. It bears a strong similarity to coronaviruses found in bats and pangolins. It is therefore suspected that one of these species may be at the origin of the pandemic.
Animal protection
22. Apr. 2020
Fondation Franz Weber

#BecauseWeEatAnimals: A(H5N1) (avian flu)

The first infection with the AH5N1 virus was caused by contact with live chickens at an animal market in Hong Kong. Epidemiological analysis has determined that domestic poultry farming is also a risk factor for infections. Due to the high associated mortality and the immense potential of this type of virus to mutate and adapt to other hosts, H5N1 remains a global public health threat today.
Animal protection
21. Apr. 2020
Fondation Franz Weber

Media Release: #BecauseWeEatAnimals – COVID-19 is the result of our consumption of animals

COVID-19, like all major pandemics and epidemics in recent years, is the result of our excessive consumption of animals. Fondation Franz Weber (FFW), together with experts in the fields of politics, nutrition, public health and ecology, have launched a global information campaign highlighting the link between our current consumption of animals and the epidemics that threaten our health. For Swiss NGO FFW, it is high time to re-evaluate the way we eat.
Animal protection
20. Apr. 2020
Fondation Franz Weber

#BecauseWeEatAnimals: BSE − Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD)

In 1996, British researchers discovered that the disease vCJD - a variant of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease - was likely caused by the consumption of beef that was contaminated with the BSE agent (also known as "mad cow disease"). The health crisis that followed this discovery triggered a considerable drop in the consumption of beef. Worldwide, countless cattle were slaughtered as a result of BSE and vCJD. In Great Britain alone, there were around four and a half million animals slaughtered.
Animal protection
17. Apr. 2020
Fondation Franz Weber

#BecauseWeEatAnimals: AIDS (HIV)

It is still not completely understood how HIV was originally transmitted to humans. However, numerous studies suggest that direct contact with the blood and secretions of animals as a result of hunting and eating meat from wildlife (so-called 'bushmeat') was responsible for the transmission of the virus from primates to humans. Unfortunately, HIV - and AIDS, the disease caused by the HI virus - continue to be a threat to public health worldwide, especially in developing countries.
Animal protection
16. Apr. 2020
Keith Lindsay

The Lives of Elephants

Quiet, nearly silent, footfalls with just a whisper of contact with the sand; a group of elephants moves single-file and purposefully along a well-trodden path. The multi-tonne giants step swiftly but always carefully, their footprints in a surprisingly narrow line for an animal of such immense size, their body weight skillfully balanced above pillars of strong bone. Feeding an enormous metabolic furnace, their perpetual foraging takes them from one locality to another, traveling an average of 10km for up to three-quarters of every day in the search for the best parts of the most abundant plants. Leaves of succulent green or drying yellow grass, vines, herbs and flowers, fruits in season, twig tips of shrubs, bark from favoured trees, stems, roots... all available and necessary in different places at different times of year. Plucking, tearing, snapping, shaking, all require the deployment of trunk or tusk or foot, separately in combination, to pick and process the multitude of different food items.
Animal protection
15. Apr. 2020
Fondation Franz Weber

#BecauseWeEatAnimals: MERS

Dromedaries: Who would have thought that these amenable animals would become the carriers of a dangerous disease that for many people ends with death? The viral disease MERS (Middle-Eastern Respiratory Syndrome) first broke out in Saudi Arabia - 80% of all cases reported worldwide so far have occurred in the country. The consumption of camel meat or milk is one of the main transmission paths of the virus. There is no vaccination or specific treatment against the disease.
Animal protection
14. Apr. 2020
Fondation Franz Weber

#BecauseWeEatAnimals: AH1N1, the influenza virus

A previously unknown subtype of the H1N1 virus spread rapidly worldwide in 2009 after initial outbreaks in North and Central America. The virus had been transmitted to humans from pigs kept in factory farms. New estimates suggest that more than half a million people have fallen victim to the virus, with 80% of the dead under the age of 65 - which is completely atypical for this type of virus.
Animal protection
07. Apr. 2020
Fondation Franz Weber

#BecauseWeEatAnimals: Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)

SARS is considered the first pandemic of the 21st century. It clearly showed that the medical and scientific community were not sufficiently prepared for the sudden appearance of highly pathogenic viruses. It is now known that the coronavirus SARS-CoV was first transmitted to humans on a so-called 'wet market' (a traditional Asian meat market) in Hong Kong after they came into contact with masked palm civets. Such markets provide excellent conditions for this type of virus to amplify, mutate and transmit to new hosts.
Animal protection
06. Apr. 2020
Fondation Franz Weber

#BecauseWeEatAnimals: NIPAH virus (NiV)

What is Nipah? The virus, which is little known in Europe, can cause encephalitis and has spread several times throughout Asia since 1998. In particular, the intensive farming of pigs has proved to be a critical factor in human infection. In Malaysia, as a precautionary measure and in order to stem the further spread of the virus, half a million pigs have subsequently been killed.
Nature protection
03. Apr. 2020
Fondation Franz Weber

How will the #BecauseWeEatAnimals campaign unfold and what is its final goal?

During the entire month of April, as part of this campaign translated into four languages, we will publish information on epidemics and pandemics caused by animal consumption, as well as on the global food model in general.
Animal protection
03. Apr. 2020
Fondation Franz Weber

#BecauseWeEatAnimals: The EBOLA VIRUS

According to the OIE (World Organisation for Animal Health), the ebola virus was transmitted to humans via contact with wild animals, through activities such as hunting or eating uncooked animal meat Due to this so-called zoonosis, thousands of people have since been infected with the virus.
Nature protection
01. Apr. 2020
Fondation Franz Weber

Media release: Fondation Franz Weber calls out the CITES secretariat on its position on COVID-19

As global governments and institutions scramble to contain the current pandemic, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), seems to have absolved itself from any responsibility in relation to COVID-19. For Fondation Franz Weber (FFW), this lack of accountability is unacceptable. The Swiss NGO sent an open letter to the CITES Secretary-General, asking for a clear message to consumers around the world.
Animal protection
13. Feb. 2020
Dr. Monica V. Biondo

The Impact to Reefs of The Trade in Marine Ornamental Fishes

Our marine biologist Dr. Monica V. Biondo summarizes the latest findings of her research about the global trade in marine ornamental fishes in the December Issue of «Reef Encounter», the news magazine of the International Coral Reef Society (ICRS).
Animal protection
28. Jan. 2020
Julia Fischer

Long-time ‘Corrida’ sponsor steps down

Perseverance pays off: on January 20, 2020, the French company Pernod-Ricard finally decided to end its support and its communication in favour of the bullfighting tradition, also known as ‘Corrida’. The announcement comes after more than a decade of pressure on the company, including from Fondation Franz Weber, together with Alliance Anticorrida and other organizations, to end the group's shameful ‘sponsorship’ of bullfighting.
Animal protection
27. Nov. 2019
Rebekka Gammenthaler

Ten brown bears saved from former zoo are re-homed in a sanctuary

In recent weeks the last ten brown bears living at the former Mendoza Zoological Park in Argentina have been re-homed at the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colorado (USA). This follows two years of hard work and collaboration between Fondation Franz Weber (FFW) and Enfoque Animal, working alongside the government of Mendoza.
Animal protection
19. Nov. 2019
Fondation Franz Weber

Africa. Endangered. Photo exhibition with BOLDT and Fondation Franz Weber

BOLDT, with Fondation Franz Weber, is hosting a photo exhibition in Brussels of endangered species in Africa, taken by BOLDT’s Creative Director, award-winning photographer, Jimmy De Bock. Tickets are strictly limited.
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.
Animal protection
26. Aug. 2019
Adam Cruise

Open the international ivory trade…or else!

Southern African nations intimidate, bully and threaten the rest of Africa (and the world) in rejecting the full protection of African elephants.
Animal protection
23. Aug. 2019
Fondation Franz Weber

Media release: CITES-CoP18 misses a golden opportunity to protect elephants: EU is the main culprit

The voting results that have decided the future of elephants have left a bitter after-taste. While the proposals calling for the reopening of the international ivory trade were overwhelmingly rejected, the Parties of the international Convention at CITES-CoP18 did not take the necessary steps to provide the full protection to African elephants. This went contrary to the view of the majority of African countries in which the species lives.
Animal protection
22. Aug. 2019
Fondation Franz Weber

Open Letter to the EU: End the live trade in wild-caught African elephants for captive exploitation

Open letter to EU Environment Ministers, Karmenu Vella, EU Environment Commissioner and Krista Mikkonen, President of the EU Environment Council
Animal protection
21. Aug. 2019
Fondation Franz Weber

Media release: Successful proposals by the African Elephant Coalition promote the protection of elephants

Today's CITES CoP18 has addressed two key issues related to the African Elephant: the management of national ivory stocks, which represent a significant security and financial burden for the countries concerned; and the closure of domestic ivory markets. Fondation Franz Weber congratulates the African Elephant Coalition (AEC), which is an alliance of 32 African countries, for the positive progress towards better protection of elephants.
Animal protection
19. Aug. 2019
Fondation Franz Weber

Important decision at CITES CoP18: Marine ornamental fish trade finally to be put under the microscope

The aquarium industry poses a serious threat to ornamental coral reef fishes throughout the oceans. Yet there are hardly any regulations, controls or information on the impact of this trade on species and marine ecosystems. The CITES Conference of the Parties (CoP18), today approved a proposal by Switzerland, the European Union and the United States to rectify this situation, and to produce a comprehensive study on the aquarium industry, so that measures are taken before it is too late. Fondation Franz Weber applauds this far-sighted and import decision.
Animal protection
16. Aug. 2019
Fondation Franz Weber

Fondation Franz Weber at the CITES CoP18 from 17th to 28th of August in Geneva

Tomorrow, the 18th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Interna-tional Trade in Endangered Wild Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP18) will begin in Geneva. African elephants are at the heart of the debate. For Fon-dation Franz Weber (FFW), it is clear that elephants, like all other endangered animals and plants, must without exception be fully protected.
Animal protection
13. Aug. 2019
Fondation Franz Weber

Media release: The trade in live elephant calves must be prevented!

Unfortunately, the export of African elephant calves to zoos and circuses throughout the world is extensive - the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) allows for such transactions. Young elephants suffer serious physical and psychological trauma during capture and transport, and later in their alloted zoo. With regard to the CITES Conference of Parties (CoP18), Fondation Franz Weber (FFW) calls for clear guidelines on this trade, specifically to ensure the social well-being of elephants.
Animal protection
12. Aug. 2019
Fondation Franz Weber

Media release: Today is World Elephant Day, but elephants have little to celebrate

In the seven years between 2007 and 2014, Africa lost a third of its elephants, mostly due to the insatiable demand for ivory. If African elephants continue to be killed at this rate, the species could be extinct in the wild within a decade. “As long as the international and domestic ivory trade continues to be allowed, elephants will never be safe,” says Vera Weber, President of Fondation Franz Weber that fights for a worldwide and complete ban of the trade in ivory.
Animal protection
31. Jul. 2019
Fondation Franz Weber

The current issue of our Journal Franz Weber is now also available in English and Spanish!

In the light of the upcoming CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) meeting in Geneva (Switzerland), the current issue of the Journal Franz Weber has been additionally published in English and Spanish.
Animal protection
17. Jun. 2019
Fondation Franz Weber

Press Release: Botswana backtracks on elefant protection

Botswana, long been a safe haven for African elephants, has just announced that the ban on elephant hunting has been lifted. The president revoked a five-year ban on trophy hunting, which had been effective in allowing elephant populations to recover. For over 30 years, Fondation Franz Weber (FFW) has been working to protect elephants within the framework of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The foundation is deeply concerned about the change of heart by the government of Botswana.
Animal protection
19. May. 2019
Fondation Franz Weber

Press Release of the Committee "NO to the Ozeanium" from 19 May 2019

NOzeanium! Basel sends a strong global message.
Animal protection
13. Feb. 2019
Fondation Franz Weber

CITES: The African Elefant Coalition Meets in Kenya to Decide Strategy for CoP18

Fondation Franz Weber (FFW) and the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) have been invited this week to attend and provide technical advice to the 2019 African Elephant Coalition (AEC) Summit meeting in Nairobi, Kenya.
Animal protection
21. Dec. 2018
Fondation Franz Weber

„NO to the Ozeanium“-Committee Press Release from 21 December 2018

4,649 valid signatures: Basel voters to decide the fate of the Ozeanium!
Nature protection
07. Dec. 2018
Fondation Franz Weber

7 December: World Day for Peace in Colombia

After more than fifty years of war, Colombia is now in the process of recovery. It warmly invites the international community to light a candle on 7 December to signal its support for peace.
Nature protection
19. Sep. 2018
Fondation Franz Weber

Media release: Five Landscape and Nature Protection Organisations Battle the Mollendruz Wind Park Project

Helvetia Nostra Pro Natura BirdLife Stiftung Landschaftsschutz Schweiz (Swiss Foundation for Landscape Conservation) Paysage-Libre Vaud The Vaud Department for Spatial Development and the Environment has confirmed the rejection of over 230 objections submitted during the 2015 public review against the wind farm project in Mollendruz. All those who objected were notified of the decision, signed by state councillor Jacqueline de Quattro, in mid August. Given the grave impact of this project, five organisations working in nature and landscape conservation have decided to file a joint complaint to the canton court.
Animal protection
12. Jun. 2018
Vera Weber

The Factory Farming Initiative Kicks off Today

Pigs fattened to sickening proportions. Overfed, sick hens forced to perch in the narrowest of spaces. In Switzerland too, this is everyday life for many animals: it's miserable, but it's legal. There's no doubt that this kind of industrial factory farming should already be a thing of the past, and that is why Fondation Franz Weber is backing the ‟No factory farming in Switzerland” initiative launched today.
Animal protection
08. Feb. 2018
Vera Weber

Spain: The UN Aims to Protect Minors from the Violence of Bullfighting

Children and adolescents should no longer be permitted to attend bullfights in Spain. This is the recommendation of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. This call from the highest international body for upholding the rights of minors is based on a report by Fondation Franz Weber.
Homeland protection
01. Feb. 2018
Vera Weber

Second Homes: Helvetia Nostra's Third Historic Victory in Swiss Federal Court

Once again the federal court has agreed with Helvetia Nostra: With two verdicts delivered, the highest court in Switzerland uncovers flagrant abuse of the law and further restricts the construction of „hidden second homes“. Since the Second Home Initiative was adopted on 11 March 2012, Helvetia Nostra has strongly campaigned against the misuse and bypassing of the second homes law in communities with a proportion of second homes that is over 20 per cent.
Animal protection
24. Jul. 2017
Vera Weber

The Killing Stroke for Bullfighting in the Balearic Islands!

The gory spectacle of bulls bleeding to death is now a thing of the past in the Balearics. In a historic vote, the Parliament of Spain's Mediterranean islands has adopted a new animal welfare law. A key architect of the new legislation was Fondation Franz Weber.
Animal protection
15. Apr. 2016
Monica Biondo

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.