In May 2004, a proposed law banning the chicken "battery cage" was put to a vote in the Austrian Parliament.
It passed — without a single member of Parliament opposing it.
Austria has banned fur farming and prohibited the use of wild animals in circuses.
It has also made it illegal to trade in living cats and dogs in stores and deems killing an animal for no good reason a criminal offense.
Most important, every Austrian province must appoint an ''animal lawyer" who can initiate court procedures on behalf of animals.
Source: Peter Singer August 20, 2005 Boston Globe