On 21 May 2008, Austrian police arrested leading campaigners from the country's successful animal protection movement. The activists spent many months in prison before being released, but the Austrian government continues to take legal action against them, despite their activities being entirely peaceful and lawful. During the IVU World Vegetarian Congress in Dresden, Germany in 2008, Congress delegates protested outside the Austrian consulate on behalf of our imprisoned colleagues.
Here is a recent message from one of them, Felix Hnat of the Austrian Vegan Society:
There is a brand new protest website for the Austrian court case. With just one mouse click, you can ask Austrian politicians to adapt the anti-Mafia law to the needs of the civil society! This law threatens the Austrian 13 and the future of AR-activism in Austria! Also, two members of the board of the Austrian Vegan Society are threatened with up to five years in prison.
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The Austrian Vegan Society is a member of the International Vegetarian Union: www.ivu.org