‘Last Respite’ campaign over animal shelter´s future

The Viennese Animal Protection Union (Wiener Tierschutzverein) has launched a controversial poster campaign in a desperate bid for donations.The images saying “Galgenfrist” (Last Respite) showing pets sitting on stools with nooses around their necks are an attempt to raise money from citizens and companies.The organisation looks after hundreds of abandoned animals at an estate in Vösendorf, to the south of Vienna, which was built for 16.4 million Euros. The building’s state has deteriorated dramatically after the construction was completed in 1998 since the ground upon which is was build was contaminated by a refinery which used to operate nearby.Wiener Tierschutzverein chiefs are currently in talks with the Viennese government coalition of Social Democrats (SPÖ) and the Green Party to discuss its future.