17.06.2019
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
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.