For over 40 years, Fondation Franz Weber (FFW) has been fighting on the front line to protect the African elephant and ensure its survival. This can only be achieved by implementing a complete trade ban on ivory. Since 1989, FFW has held observer status at the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). In addition, the team of experts at FFW supports the African Elephant Coalition (AEC), which unites 30 African member states with the goal of achieving a healthy, viable elephant population without threats from the ivory trade.
With the project “EleWatch”, Fondation Franz Weber is working on an incentive programme for the African “elephant states” to increase the value of live elephants through tourism. The aim is to show that a live elephant is worth far more, year after year, than the one-off proceeds from the ivory sale of a dead elephant, which is taken out of the country anyway by poachers and traders.
Fondation Franz Weber is working to bring this despicable issue to public attention and to vigorously rebut the excusatory claims of those responsible. Our criticism is directed not only at those who capture wild elephants, but also the zoos and circuses that act as buyers. Fortunately, public opinion has changed in the light of scientific knowledge over the last three decades. Today, it is generally understood that animals – especially elephants – are sentient beings and suffer deeply in captivity.
With the project “ELE”, Fondation Franz Weber is vehemently committed to relocating elephants kept in zoos or circuses to protected areas in order to finally guarantee them a dignified life.
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