Long-term animal suffering – Animal Welfare Act puts pressure on Minister Rauch


The government wants no commission and no transparency. The opposition and NGOs criticize the design, which would prolong animal suffering, as with fully slatted floors.

Animal welfare is a red-white-red matter of the heart. Nearly 900,000 recently signed a corresponding referendum. They demand new laws, an end to cruelty to animals in livestock farming and transportation. A law planned by the government has been met with fierce criticism from the opposition and NGOs. They generate a lot of pressure through “Krone” among other things.

There must be a transparent process. For the public, with the participation of external experts. Given objections, there are plenty. “The government unbeknownst to us has tabled a motion to set a deadline in parliament. The health committee must set up a committee before July 6, otherwise the law will simply be pushed through on July 7 or 8,” said SPÖ animal welfare spokesperson Dietmar Keck. This would prolong animal suffering. Fully slatted floors, tying up, torture breeding.

Opposition to animal welfare in intimate unit
The FPÖ and NEOS are also fiercely critical of the government’s actions. Liberal agriculture spokesman Peter Schmiedlechner wants to discuss the amendment in as much detail as NEOS spokesperson Katharina Werner: “In our opinion, the current draft law is far too unambitious. We expected much more from the green government’s participation.”

De Rote Keck formulates this accusation even more drastically: “It is insane that the Greens are playing along. Animal welfare is one of their cornerstones.”

What does the responsible minister for animal welfare say about this? Johannes Rauch (Greens) did not respond to a request.

“Labeling livestock farming would be a milestone in transparency”
Greenpeace has also spoken out in favor of the important case. “Labeling livestock for meat would be a milestone in terms of transparency,” said General Manager Alexander Egit. Because then you would see at a glance whether a product contains animal suffering, such as fully slatted floors. “This has been the reality in German supermarkets for years. Now Austria must quickly follow.”

Source: Krone


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