On March 2nd 2011, it will be for one straight year that 13 Austrian animal rights activists, organized in the „Basisgruppe Tierrechte (Bat)“ and other animal rights and animal welfare groups, are having to defend themselves in court for animal rights related activities criminalized under §278a of the Austrian penal code! Having been involuntarily in court for more than 70 times in 12 consecutive months, one can only imagine the severe effects of state repression on the accused! Considering the gruelling and absurd strategy of both state attorney Wolfgang Handler and judge Sonja Arleth, it doesn‘t need much to picture the overwhelming presence of the trial and the backbreaking routine of having to attend court 3 times a week!
When, more than two years ago, the raids of the activists‘ houses on May 21st 2008 revealed the massive dimension of surveillance and observation by police forces, the lives of everybody accused dramatically changed once and for all. During and after being held in custody for 3 months, it was because of acts of solidarity that the accused were able to cope with these attacks of the state. This shows the importance of an active solidarity movement! Touch one- touch all!

To this very day, the accused activists themselves cannot emphasize enough the importance and positive value of pictures, photos and drawings sent by people from all over the world! Visual acts of solidarity and active protest proved to play a major role in giving strength and persistence to the activists.

We want to continue passing on that strength and endurance to the Austrian activists! At the anniversary of the beginning of the court case, this seems especially important! We, thus, call for another round of the open display of solidarity! We want all of you to support our action: „Pictures of Solidarity“! We want your pictures! No matter in what form: Draw, paint, spray-paint, handicraft, film or shoot photos of your very own acts of compassion and solidarity! Portray your thoughts or deeds of action! Make your own video if you can! The sky is the limit.

All too often there is a certain feeling of helplessness. All too often a clear sign of solidarity seems very difficult. Of course, a lot of people have sent in reports of protest before and have made a donation. But it often seems difficult to display real signs of solidarity and connection without being locally present. So sending in your „Pictures of Solidarity“ is an answer to this feeling of powerlessness and a real good opportunity for showing support and encouragement!

To sum it up: Please send your „Pictures of Solidarity“ to by February 28th 2011 (please upload your digital files/photos, e.g. to and then send us the link. Please don’t send files as email attachment). We will publish all incoming works on our website from March 3rd onwards.

So please forward this call for action and place our web banner on your homepage. You‘ll find the banner here, on our Homepage:
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ESCADA drops fur!

Howdy folks,

We’ve got some good news: After 2,5 years of heavily campaigning ESCADA finally announced to stop selling “farmed fur” products from now on. You can find all the news here.

Le Tour de ROC
This summer we will have stalls at various events:
– Veggie Street Day in Stuttgart, Germany on July 17th
– Fluff Fest in Pilzen, Czech Republic on July 23rd-25th
– Veggie Street Day in Dortmund, Germany on August 14th
– Ieper Fest in Ieper, Belgium on August 14th-15th

Book “Eating Animals”
We have a brand new book in our shop: “Eating Animals” by Jonathan Safran Foer. You can find it right here.

Have a good week and enjoy the sun…

Austrian 9 free

The controversial pre-trial detention for a group of 9 austrian animal rights activists has been lifted today, following an order of the appelate court in vienna, austria.

Since the end of may the 9 activists (one had been released earlier) have been charged with “Forming a Criminal Organization,” under §278a StGB of the austrian penal code. The Appelate court explained that there is still a danger of commiting further crimes, but the pre-trial detention cannot be upheld if the expected penalties are in no relation to it.

The second reason for detention, danger of suppression of evidence is by law limited to two months, which have long expired.

The first activists have been set free already.