29.08.2019
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
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.