Martin Balluch on the World Dog Day



Martin Balluch* writes for international dog day:

“When I came out of the prison cell in early September 2008, in which I had to innocently sit for 105 days, I decided to free another innocent being from a cell. I wanted to (again) for the third time a dog from a shelter with me.

My wish soon became known in all animal shelters in Austria and a call from the animal paradise Schabenreith reported a dog, which would absolutely fit in with me.

Actually, it was love at first sight! After a short time we were inseparable!



We are already together for over 11 years. And what we did not experience anything! Never have I been so close to another being because we spend the day and night together.

Even for my many lectures and presentations gets Kuksi – that’s his name! – a special permit for entry, whether in the Ministry, in the Natural History Museum or in the Casino Linz, just to name a few examples.

We grew old together. He unfortunately much faster than me. One eye he has lost, but – in good times as well as bad – we will of course continue to help each other. In loud demos, he remains at home now, but we still go great hikes together, over 10 hours and more a day!

He has not lost his great love for nature and the wilderness, is happy as a puppy about the first snow and every new day, whether rain or shine, the main thing somewhere outside.

I want to take this as an example, to be able to enjoy nature, even if the signs of old age become more and more.

I’m looking forward to more wonderful years with you, old friend, my dear Kuksi!”

Dear Martin,
We wish that to you and Kuksi with all our heart.
We think that only someone who has loved an animal knows all the facets of love!



*Dr. Dr. Martin Balluch is a well-known (and not only in his country) Austrian animal rights activist. He studied mathematics, physics and astronomy at the University of Vienna. He holds a doctorate in physics and philosophy, and from 1990 to 1997 he worked as a university assistant alongside Stephen Hawking in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) at the University of Cambridge.

Since 2002 he is the chairman of the VGT (Association against animal factories).

In the federal elections in Austria in September 2019 he had stood as an independent candidate for election, but unfortunately the required quota of 4% was not reached (


My best regards to all, Venus


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