Austria is an adequate performer (“C”) under the VACI. The country has a high level of animal product consumption, strong enforcement of animal protection legislation and moderate reliance on farmed animal production compared to other high-income countries.
Want to compare Austria’s 2020 VACI performance? Download the 2017 VACI Report for Austria here.
Austrians slaughter around 11.5 land animals per person per year. While slightly higher than the global average, it is low compared to other high-income countries. Factory farming is used (particularly with chickens and other farmed birds) but the use of sow stalls in pig farming is restricted (although farrowing crates are still permitted) and cages for egg-laying hens have been banned (including 'enriched' cages).
Austria is rated as a good performer ("B") under the Animal Protection Index (API), and its farmed animal protection legislation achieved a good performance rating ("B") under the same index. The country has strong government accountability for animal protection, and fulsome incorporation of OIE (World Organisation for Animal Health) standards in its legislation. The government imposes heavy fines for breaches of its legislation. You can learn more about the quality of Austria's legislative protections in the Animal Protection Index here.