Seventh Austrian Animal Rights Congress and CARE Vienna
The animal rights movement is growing worldwide. As the globalisation of economies and international trade deals dictate conditions for so-called farm animals, the need to internationalise animal rights thinking takes on increasing urgency. When, in 1998, the ban on fur farming came into force in Austria, the last remaining fur farmer simply took his breeding animals and went over the border into the Czech Republic. Happily, the Czech parliament has recently passed their own ban.
Most animal rights groups share a lot of the same experience, but they also have their own unique experience too. We must learn from each other and at the same time, find our own way forward. Essential to this is tolerance and respect for each other's opinions. Just as people can be varied, so too can the approaches that we take towards campaigning for animals.
Congress in English
Starting on the evening of 2 November, going right through to Sunday afternoon 5 November 2017, the congress will be a non-stop opportunity for animal rights groups to network. In particular, we want to bring new organisations from Eastern Europe together with established groups so that they can exchange and share their experiences. This is something we did in Vienna in 2006 for the first time and it also worked amazingly well at CARE Warsaw 2016. This part of the congress will be held in English.
Congress in German
We also want to offer Austrian organisations and groups from other German speaking countries the space to discuss specific issues in-depth and at length. As is the tradition of this congress, (2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2014) 2017 should also provide the opportunity for constructive evaluation of successes, failures and future projects. To this end, we also offer a series of talks in German as part of the congress.
Call for Contributions
This congress lives from the active participation of all those involved in animal rights, in whatever form that may be. We therefore invite you to submit talks, workshops or panel discussions that can take place within the scope of the congress.
It goes without saying that the meals available at the congress are vegan.