Agricultural subsidies in Austria under an animal-rights perspective (2006)

By Felix Hnat

This scientific paper is about agricultural subsidies in Austria in the year 2003, and their consideration under an animal-rights perspective. Goal of the paper was numerical collection of all agricultural payments, which boost animal production. After an explanation why this is important for society accordant categories have been created. Then it was tried to explain the today’s situation historically und their consequence on the market price. Finally the attempt was made to categorize the subsidies, under the allowance of animal feed into the accordant categories. Animal-rights relevant information was stretched out.

The main part of the work was literature research, the rest was to gather empirical data and work with it. The author knows for sure, that there is someone sitting in the ministry, who would have been able to get the same results much more detailed; all the data is existing. The will to use it in this way is missing on the other side. Data about animal feed had to be taken out of the national supply balances from the Austrian statistical agency; the categorization was only possible with the help of unpublished data from the same agency, the AMA (agricultural marketing agency) or the ministry of agriculture. All “plant subsidies” had been categorized with the help of a special key out of the national supply balances, “animal subsidies” have been transferred directly.

The analysis shows, that 61% of all paid subsidies support animal production. That means that they are linked directly to animal production or the production of animal feed, or to more indirect elements, that can be connected with animal production. 17% of the money could not have been categorized, 11% are in the plant category, 3% in the forest category und 8% in the miscellaneous category (The money here could have been categorized, but not as plant, animal or forest linked). The analysis is a pure survey; und does not say anything about output- or price effects.

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