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Media release Media Release: CITES gives green light to export of Namibian elephants
11.09.2021 Fondation Franz Weber
Animal protection

Media Release: CITES gives green light to export of Namibian elephants

On 8 September, the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) issued a statement giving the green light to the capture and export of dozens of…

Media release Media Release: Namibia to capture 57 wild African elephants and export 42
13.08.2021 Fondation Franz Weber
Animal protection

Media Release: Namibia to capture 57 wild African elephants and export 42

Namibia issued a press release on 11 August stating that it will capture 57 wild African elephants and sell them to interested but as yet undisclosed buyers, 42 of which will be exported. According to…

Media release Media release: EU Commission silent on live elephant exports from Namibia
23.09.2021 Fondation Franz Weber
Animal protection

Media release: EU Commission silent on live elephant exports from Namibia

On 11 August 2021, Namibia reported that it had found undisclosed buyers for 57 live African elephants, 42 of which are destined for export, outside Africa. Fondation Franz Weber (FFW) wrote to the EU Commission…

Media release Norwegians say ‘No’ to Norway’s trade in polar bear skins
20.01.2022 Fondation Franz Weber
Animal protection

Norwegians say ‘No’ to Norway’s trade in polar bear skins

Polar bears are severely threatened by climate change and habitat loss. However, another important threat is largely less known, and underestimated: the on-going legal trade in their skins. Norway, a range State of the polar…

Media release Media Release: European zoos plan to euthanise male gorillas, even though they are seriously threatened with extinction
11.01.2022 Fondation Franz Weber
Animal protection

Media Release: European zoos plan to euthanise male gorillas, even though they are seriously threatened with extinction

The European Association of Zoos and Aquariums (EAZA) is considering euthanising male gorillas in European zoos because of a ‘surplus’ of these animals. Yet, in the wild, western lowland gorillas are ‘critically endangered’ according to…

Media release Media release: Namibia exports 22 Wild elephants in blatant disregard of international law
08.03.2022 Fondation Franz Weber
Animal protection

Media release: Namibia exports 22 Wild elephants in blatant disregard of international law

On the 6th March 2022, the Namibian Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism (MEFT) finally admitted in an emailed statement that it has exported 22 wild-caught elephants likely to Al Ain Zoo in the United…

Media release Argentina: Elephants in captivity will soon be the past
05.07.2022 Alejandra Garcia
Animal protection

Argentina: Elephants in captivity will soon be the past

Our campaign to save elephants from Argentinian zoos is making good progress: Two Asian elephant cows, mother and daughter, have been relocated from the Mendoza Ecopark to our partner sanctuary in Brazil.

Media release Press release: Zurich Zoo wants everyone to believe that the death of an elephant calf was a natural occurrence – Fake news!
19.11.2020 Fondation Franz Weber
Animal protection

Press release: Zurich Zoo wants everyone to believe that the death of an elephant calf was a natural occurrence – Fake news!

Last August, elephant Omysha gave birth to her first elephant calf at Zurich Zoo. Afterwards, the other elephants in the enclosure beat the newborn to death, which led to an internal investigation at the zoo.…

Media release Media Release: #BecauseWeEatAnimals – COVID-19 is the result of our consumption of animals
21.04.2020 Fondation Franz Weber
Animal protection

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…

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