July 4, 2022

ANIMAL RIGHTS PARTY SET TO ENTER DUTCH PARLIAMENT

 The Dutch Party for the Animals could win one or even two seats in tomorrow’s national election. "We see this as a follow-up to liberating slaves, giving rights to women, and finally giving rights to animals," says party leader Marianne Thieme. She would like to see a constitutional amendment guaranteeing animals the right to freedom from pain, fear and stress caused by humans.

The Party for the Animals has become a force to be reckoned with since its formation in 2002. In 2003, it fell only 2,000 votes short of the number need to win a seat in the 150-seat parliament. Recent polls suggest that its support has tripled since them. Ms Thieme criticises other politicians for ignoring animal welfare. "They say: people are more important. People should come first. But if you always follow that line of reasoning, animals never make it onto the agenda," she said.