Animal laws at national level - Austria
(anti-cruelty, protection and welfare)



Federal Act on the Protection of Animals (Animal Protection Act)

Bundesgesetz über den Schutz der Tiere (Tierschutzgesetz – TSchG), BGBL. I Nr. 118/2004

Adopted in:


Entered into force:

1 Jan. 2005


Civil Code of Austria


§ 285 a: “Animals are not things; they are protected by special laws.
The provisions in force for the things apply to animals only if no contrary regulation exists.”
(unofficial translation)


BGBl. I Nr. 111/2013, Federal Constitutional Law on sustainability and animal welfare


Animal welfare


Preamb. §2: "The Republic of Austria (federal, provincial and municipal) is committed to animal welfare."
(unofficial translation)


Constitution of the State of Salzburg


Respect, protection and responsibility


Art.9 (6):
"the respect and the protection of animals as fellow creatures of man as well as the responsibility towards creatures"
(unofficial translation)


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