Wednesday, 22. May 2013 - 23:05
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Austria's Far Right Freedom Party leader in Carinthia, Kurt Scheuch, has landed in hot water after creating a short You Tube video in which he portrays himself as a James Bond style character, loosely claiming that the video is to protect animal rights.
But now animal rights activists have complained that he didn't ask for permission to use their name in the video titled "fearless" that includes snakes and spiders.
Thomas Putzgruber who is head of the Salzburg-based animal charity "RespekTiere" said: "This is really bad news for us. Lots of people think we are connected with this video now which isn't the case."
The organisation has been campaigning for the rights of domesticated animals since 1982. They have sent a legal letter and have also posted on their webpage that they have nothing to do with him or his party.
But nevertheless more than 80,000 have now viewed the 73 second clip. According to the FPK boss he is now planning more videos. He said that they wanted to try and take advantage of the new media.
The video was already controversial after it shows the politician in a smart suit with dark glasses but also at one point topless with a Wolf and a soldier attached to on his shoulder. He refused to discuss the significance of the tattoo and said merely that it was a personal matter.
Baumgartner tax row
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Record visitor numbers at Salzburg Whitsun Festival
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Experts recommend considering breast amputation well
Experts from Salzburg warn against the radical step of a breast amputation. The debate started last week, when Hollywood Star Angelina Jolie announced that she had her breasts removed out of fear of breast cancer.
Police raid dairy headquarters
A raid in the second largest Austrian dairy NÃ–M, which started on 15 May, was terminated yesterday (Thur) afternoon. Employees of the Federal Competition Authority (BWB) are still in the headquarters in Baden.
Austrian on trial over Aldi blackmail
The trial of a 61-year-old man from Salzburg, who blackmailed the company Aldi South, started yesterday (Wed) in Duisburg, Germany. The defendant has already admitted that he demanded 15 million Euros from the firm.
State secretary denies interfering over Baumgartner taxes
The extreme sportsman Felix Baumgartner stated that the Ministry of Finance spared him additional taxation by political intervention. The former Financial Secretary Reinhold Lopatka (Ã–VP) denies these claims.
Search for trapped after Felbertauern rockfall
The Felbertauern road in Tyrol, Western Austria, has been closed completely after rock fall last night (Mon). Rock came down on the East Tyrol side just before 2 a.m. It completely destroyed an avalanche gallery.
Delunamagma creditors to lose most of their investment
The creditors of the technology firm Delunamagma Industries GmbH from Bludesch-Gais, Vorarlberg (Western Austria) will lose the majority of their money in the bankruptcy proceedings.
SPÃ– Salzburg votes for new party leader
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