Fondation Franz Weber (FFW) is working to bring this issue to public light 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.
“The scientific literature makes it quite clear that zoo facilities do not meet the elephants’ needs in terms of exercise, space and extensive social ties, with the negative effects on health, behaviour and reproduction that this brings,” explains Anna Mulá, animal rights lawyer for FFW.
Public opinion has changed in the light of scientific findings over the last three decades. Today, it is generally recognised that animals are sentient beings. In recognition of this shift, CITES must transform the international trade of endangered animals in way that truly serves their protection.