Though participation was open to all countries, a special invitation had been extended to groups and individuals from South-East Europe.
The conference was a first meeting of this kind for those countries, where the movement has just begu to grow.
More than 150 people travelled to Vienna from the following 19 countries: Croatia, Slovenia, Poland, Czech Republic, Latvia, Serbia, France, Hungary, Macedonia, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Portugal, Estonia, Ukraine, England, Finland, Ghana and Austria.
Many countries had representation from more than one group, such as Romania, with 7, providing evidence that the animal rights movement is spreading. There was no entrance fee and the conference language was English.
Though no restrictions were placed on participants regarding their diet, strictly vegan food was provided and a cafetaria catered with vegan burgers, cakes and soyamilk.
One of the participants from Croatia stated at the end that the conference had turned him vegan.