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The campaing for raising §1 of the Austrian Animal Welfare Bill into the constitution is officially restarting on 6th March with peaceful confrontation with the only political party, the conservatives (ÖVP), that is still blocking every attempt for animal welfare since now almost 17 years!
After a long waiting time the subcommittee for the legal uplift of animal welfare into the Austrian constitution finally found together. But the conservatives always ignored the appointments of the sessions and were using every opportunity to delay the plans.
But the huge number of demonstrations and protests last spring and summer did show their effects. The conservative politicians, especially Austrians Vice Chancellor Michael Spindelleger, received thousands of protest e-mails against their delay-and-detain politics about animal welfare. Letters and comments about it were published in a variety of newspapers and concerned people even confronted them at open performances so that the responsible politicians had to make a statement trying to justify the delaying. A petition with ten-thousands of signatures for our goal was handed to the responsible politicians.
Still there was no success. We became quiet for a while to recover from the stress of the intense campaign, but again activists are joining together to raise their voice for animals.
We have to reach the goal for animals before the votes September. After the votes the conservatives won’t bother about the pressure from the public anymore.
The campaign officially starts on 6th March, when activists are going to peacefully confront the conservative party in person at their head office in Vienna.
You can also sign the petition online to support the campaign. Help us achieve this animal welfare reform in Austria!