This interview with Dr. Martin Balluch from 2004 is presented by Animal Voices as an act of solidarity with Dr. Balluch and three of his colleagues, who were brutally arrested in the early morning of May 21st, 2008 and remain in police custody without charge. In a statement from prison, Dr. Balluch writes that the Public Prosecution Service is determined to frame him and the other activists for alleged “animal related criminal activities,” though they have not been formally charged with any offence. No evidence has been presented that links any of them to illegal acts.
There has been an outpouring of support from around the world for the imprisoned activists, including from Amnesty International, who have strongly criticized the actions of Austrian Police. For extensive coverage and analysis of these unlawful arrests, and for information on how you can get involved in helping the Austrian activists, please visit the Verein Gegen Tierfabriken (Association Against Animal Factories) website: www.vgt.at.
- Who’s being caged? A group of animal rights activists are on hunger strike following police raids in Austria (The Guardian, UK)
- Statement from Amnesty International
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