At the moment animal testing is a big topic for Austrian politicians, scientists and animal rights acitivists. The animal research law is going to be amended this year (2012). For months activists are trying to achieve better regulations like a stricter approval process, lawyers for research animals, a ban of LD-50 and draize-tests and as a premise for the possibility of better animal welfare for research animals, animal welfare must finally be raised into the constitution.
Finally since 16 years of hard effort by animal rights activists in the whole of Austria there seem to be achievements for getting animal welfare into the constitution. All Austrian parties except for the conservatives (ÖVP) are constituting the subcommittee for animal welfare into the Austrian constitution. This was planned already since February this year but as usual sabotaged by the conservative party of Austria (ÖVP) who is supporting the interest-groups such as the animal industry and hunting. If §1 of the animal welfare law is raised into the constitution it would interfere with the cruel conditions of how over 90% of the farm animals are kept in Austria and it would interfere with the freedom of science killing and torturing mice, rats, rabbits, cats, dogs and many other animals for the curiosity of scientists. Therefore the Conservatives (ÖVP) don’t want §1 in its exact wording „The purpose of this federal law is the protection of the life and the well-being of the animals from the responsibility of the humans for the animal as a fellow creature.” They are targeting amendments to ensure certain freedoms of animal-exploiting practices can be continued. Animal welfare has to have the same rank as freedom of science in the constitution.
Right now the interest group for animal research does not accept open discussions with animal welfare speakers and is trying to influence the Social Party of Austria to change their will to enforce stricter regulations for animal testing. A democratic society, though, depends on open discussions and open conflict, but is changing to a manipulating kingdom of huge, profit-seeking interest-groups such as the animal research industry.
Everybody who is interested in a democratic society and animal welfare should join together to ensure both democracy and the protection of our fellow beings.
Also as non-Austrian citizens you can contact the science speakers of the Austrian partys and urge them to include animal welfare in the new animal research law.
Green party: email@example.com
Social party: firstname.lastname@example.org
Liberal party: email@example.com
Conservative party: firstname.lastname@example.org