Animal welfare package – Experts and farmers call for further steps


The animal protection package introduced by the ÖVP and the Greens continues to be criticized. There is still time to act.

The government remains under pressure! A few days ago, Ministers Norbert Totschnig (Agriculture) and Johannes Rauch (Social Affairs, also responsible for animal welfare) announced an improvement in pig farming on fully slatted floors. Not least because of the pressure of the “Krone”. But this attempt to package the package more beautifully also met with criticism. For Dietmar Keck of the SPÖ it is even a sham. The opposition will leave no stone unturned so that “animal welfare is really included” in the new animal protection law. Animal rights activists and ombudsmen are also dissatisfied.

Cattle can be chained until 2030
Above all, it is inexplicable that livestock may be kept permanently chained until 2030. For a lifetime, these animals have no ability to move. What is in the nature of animals. In addition, these stables are old, dark and stuffy. Grotesque: This has been banned since 2005, but that can be circumvented through exceptions. “Continuing to support this extreme form of animal cruelty is a scandal,” the experts told Krone.

More and more farmers like Thomas Erber from Lower Austria are disappointed and demand: “More animal welfare, but finally more commitment from politicians with regard to price security.”

Source: Krone


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