(translation) VGT - What the Austrian Justice Minister told Pamela Anderson
- A translation from the homepage of www.vgt.at the most effective Austrian AR/AP society.
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Original German version (+ photos) can be seen under :
link : http://www.vgt. at/presse/ news/2009/ news20090519m_ 2.php
and English link : http://www.vgt. at/presse/ news/2009/ news20090519m_ 2_en.php
Date : 19. May, 2009, Vienna, Austria
What the Austrian Justice Minister told Pamela Anderson
Justice Minister assures Pamela Anderson “Nobody will be charged in Austria just for being involved in campaigning for animals”. Will the case be dropped?
Following the recent meeting between Austrian Justice Minister Claudia Bandion-Ortner and American actress Pamela Anderson, the press reported that the Justice Minister had assured Pamela Anderson that there will be no charges for people just for being involved in campaigning for animals.
Given that the final police reports consist exclusively of legitimate campaign work on behalf of animals, it follows that there can be no charges.
VGT emphasises that the final reports cite normal campaign work as evidence for the existence of a criminal organisation.
VGT’s DDr Martin Balluch commented: “The results of the police investigations have now been submitted and I assume that our Justice Minister has seen them. They contain nothing but normal campaign work. If the Justice Minister’s statement was intended to be taken seriously, then it can only mean that the case will be dropped”.
And further: “According to the final reports a person is suspected of belonging to a criminal organisation when:
* He or she politely informs a company of an intended campaign should the company not address issues of animal cruelty that they are responsible for.
* He or she takes part in legal activities against fur, hunting or vivisection.
* He or she gives talks about animal welfare in schools or organises conferences on this subject.
* He or she does an investigation at a factory farm.
All this is normal campaign work. People are feeling insecure, they have been followed, spied on, attacked, locked up and now they are threatened with prison.”
Therefore we call on the Justice Minister to state clearly whether this case will go to court and if so, following her statement, what evidence could the charges possibly be based on?
Why does her Ministry refuse to comment?
Pamela Anderson Press Release!
We are getting loads of positive media about the repression against the Austrian animal welfare movement. Today, Pamela Anderson came out in support of the animal activists threatened with prison and it immediately went into all the papers (front page of some of them):
The VGT are holding regular media actions, such as the one in the link below:
The Greens have done a press release in very strong words against the police repression.
The pressure is really on for the Ministry of Justice to drop these ridiculous charges.
Please help the animal welfare movement in Austria by writing to the Austrian Ministry of Justice. You can use the sample letter and find the address to send it to at the following link (please be sure to cc firstname.lastname@example.org :
Many thanks for your help
May 12, 2009