Austria is a good performer under the VACI, and is one of the best ranked developed countries overall (behind Switzerland and Germany).
Austrians slaughter around 10.5 land animals per person / year. Whilst this is only slightly higher than the global average (of around 9.7), it is relatively low when compared with other developed countries surveyed. Whilst factory farming methods continue to be used in Austria (particularly for poultry production), the use of sow stalls is restricted (although farrowing crates are still permitted) and cages for egg-laying hens have been banned (including ‘enriched’ cages).
Austria was given an “A” under the Animal Protection Index (API), and was the highest ranked country under Sanctioning Cruelty category. This is due to Austria’s strong and progressive animal protection laws, particularly for farm animals. You can learn more about the quality of Austria’s animal protection laws in the Animal Protection Index here.