Austria: corrupt ministers and suffering pigs

Lower Austria, 2020: Pig farming with fully slatted floors – AMA certified and self-marketing (The AMA seal of approval can be used to mark foods that exceed the legal requirements in terms of quality and whose origin is clearly traceable).

But behind the scenes there are sick piglets in the aisle, injured pigs are not treated. Dirt and boredom …


Fully slatted floors are popular in Austria’s agriculture: Concrete slabs with crevices ensure that urine and feces drain off and save farmers so much work (!!!)

60 percent of all Austrian pigs never sleep on straw, but on concrete for their entire life. And that although over 80 percent of Austrians are against this practice. Because life on hard concrete not only causes animal suffering but also diseases in pig farming.

A piglet that was put to death in the corridor between the boxes.

If you ask the Austrian Agriculture Minister Köstinger about keeping pigs on so-called fully slatted floors, she refers to the role of consumers.

She puts the responsibility on the consumer.

They are not prepared to spend more money on meat from animal welfare. The consequence would be that domestic companies no longer meet the demand in the country, instead, they are imported cheaply from abroad.

But how are meat buyers supposed to know how animals live when there is even animal suffering behind the AMA seal – as the Association against Animal Factories (VgT) recently demonstrated?

Only organic farming excludes fully slatted floors.

In 2019, not even 75,000 of the 2.7 million pigs were kept on organic farms – that is just 2.8 percent of all fattening pigs.

One solution to this misery would be the complete ban on fully slatted floors, as animal rights activists have been calling for for years.

A request to this effect was rejected by the government. Only the list “Now” (Jetzt) and the SPÖ (social democratic party of Austria) agreed.

So far nothing has changed in the matter.

Pigs that live on full slits are more likely to have injuries and ulcers.

Pigs smeared with excrement, weak animals lying on the ground, and trampling over each other, pigs attacking each other, open wounds, and fist-sized ulcers.


For more…at


Image VgT: “Is it really too much if we give animals at least the simplest livelihoods such as some straw?”

…asks the association.

And I mean…Yes! when it`s about corrupt politicians, it is too much.

The Agriculture Minister Köstinger has absolutely no qualifications for this post, she has climbed with connections at this function
If she wants to stay there, she has to do what her country’s meat industry orders.

Therefore, she not only allows these miserable conditions but secures them legally.

She doesn’t give a shit if 50,000 citizens of her country have signed up against this misery.

She knows (and interests) so much about democratic processes as she does about animal welfare.

Don’t forget: She is not elected by the people anyway, but by the Federal Chancellor, who protects her.

The belief that we are ruled by thieves, cheaters, and animal haters grows every day more and more…

My best regards to all, Venus


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