Party for the Animals

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Party for the Animals
Partij voor de Dieren
Leader Marianne Thieme
Chairman Luuk Folkerts
Leader in the Senate Niko Koffeman
Leader in the House of Representatives Marianne Thieme
Founded October 2002 (2002-10)
Youth wing PINK!
Thinktank Nicolaas G. Pierson foundation
Ideology Green politics[1]
Animal liberation
Political position Centre-left
Colours Green
Seats in the Senate
1 / 75
Seats in the House of Representatives
2 / 150
7 / 566
Seats in the European Parliament
0 / 26
Politics of the Netherlands
Political parties

The Party for the Animals (Dutch: Partij voor de Dieren, PvdD) is a political party in the Netherlands. Among its main goals are animal rights and animal welfare, though it claims not to be a single-issue party. The party does consider itself to be a testimonial party, which does not seek to gain political power, but only to testify to its beliefs.[2]

Its chairwoman and political leader is Marianne Thieme.

At the moment the Party for the Animals holds 2 of the 150 seats in the House of Representatives and 1 of the 75 seats in the Senate. In the House of Representatives Marianne Thieme and Esther Ouwehand represent the PvdD since November 30, 2006, whereas Niko Koffeman represents it in the Senate since June 12, 2007. The party's leading candidate for the 2009 European parliamentary election was Natasja Oerlemans, who failed to gain a seat.


The Party for the Animals was founded in October 2002 by among others Marianne Thieme.

In the Dutch general election of 2003 it gained 50,000 votes (0.5%), but not a seat in the House of Representatives.

In the 2004 European Parliament election the party gained 153,000 votes (3.2%), three times as much as in the 2002 Dutch general election. Still the number of votes was not enough to obtain a seat in the European Parliament.

During the 2006 parliamentary elections it gained 179,988 votes (1.8%), enough for two seats in Dutch parliament. In the run-up to these elections the party was supported by several Dutch celebrities, such as writers Maarten 't Hart and Jan Wolkers.

In its first municipal council elections the party in 2010 gained one seat in every of the five places, where it participated.

In its third parliamentary elections, on June 9 in 2010, the PvdD retained its two seats in the House of Representatives with 122,317 votes (1.3%). In the 2012 general elections the party got 182,162 votes, an increase of 45%, but with just under 2% of the popular vote this did not secure a third seat in the house of representatives.


Marianne Thieme
Esther Ouwehand
Niko Koffeman

The "PvdD" is the first political party in the world to gain parliamentary seats with an agenda focused primarily on animal rights.

One of the results that the PvdD claims to have reached during her first four year parliamentory period is the fact that the government has declared that reduction of national meat consumption further on is one of its priorities.[3]

The Party for Animals welcomed its 10,000th member in late 2009.

Electoral results[edit]


Election year # of
overall votes
 % of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
+/– Notes
2012 182,162 1.9 (#9)
2 / 150
Steady 0

European Parliament[edit]

Election year # of
overall votes
 % of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
+/– Notes
2009 157,735 3.5 (#9)
0 / 25


Members of the House of Representatives[edit]

After the 2012 elections the party has two representatives in the House of Representatives:

Members of the Senate[edit]

After the 2011 Senate elections, the party has one representative in the Senate:


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