|Parliamentary leader - Party for the Animals
House of Representatives of the Netherlands
23 November 2006
|Member of the House of Representatives|
30 November 2006
|Born||Marianne Louise Thieme
6 March 1972
|Political party||Party for the Animals|
|Alma mater||Erasmus University Rotterdam (LLM in Administrative Law)|
|Occupation||Politician, animal rights activist and author|
Marianne Louise Thieme (Dutch pronunciation: [mɐˈrijɑnə ˈtimə], born 6 March 1972 in Ede) is a Dutch politician of the Party for the Animals (Partij voor de Dieren). She has been Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives since 23 November 2006 and an MP since 30 November 2006.
Thieme is a jurist by education, an animal rights activist, and an author by occupation.
Life before politics
Marianne Thieme studied at the Duno College in Doorwerth. After that she studied from 1991 to 1992 at the Sorbonne in Paris, France. From 1992 she studied law at Erasmus University Rotterdam with a specialization in administrative law. During this time she became a vegetarian. Her interest in animal rights motivated her to start studying law. Thieme graduated in 1997.
From 1998 to 2001 Marianne Thieme worked at research agency B&A Group in The Hague. Between 2001 and 2004 she was policy official at Bont voor Dieren (Fur for Animals, a Dutch anti-fur animal welfare foundation). Until November 2006 she was the general manager of Stichting Wakker Dier (a Dutch animal welfare foundation against industrial agriculture).
In October 2002 she and other animal protectionists founded the Party for Animals (Partij voor de Dieren). During the Dutch general election of 2003 the party gained 50.000 votes (0.5%), but not a seat in the House of Representatives.
In February 2004 she was nominated to become the party's lijsttrekker (party leader) for the 2004 European Parliament election. This time 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.
In May 2014 the party got 200.254 votes (4,21%) for the 2014 European Parliament election, enough to abtain a seat in the European Parliament. Not with Marianne Thieme as lijsttrekker (party leader), but Anja Hazekamp. Marianne Thieme was already elected in the Dutch House of the Representatives.
During the Dutch general election of 2006 the Party for Animals gained 179,988 votes (1.8%), enough for two seats in the Dutch parliament. The party became the world's first party to gain parliamentary seats with an agenda focused primarily on animal rights.
Marianne Thieme always concludes her speeches in Parliament with the phrase "Voorts zijn wij van mening dat er een einde moet komen aan de bio-industrie." ("Furthermore we are of the opinion that factory farming has to be ended."), referring to Cato the Elder's famous conclusion of his speeches with Carthago delenda est.
She became a Seventh-day Adventist in 2006 "because [it is] a church with compassion and care for our planet." Marianne Thieme has a daughter (Annika, born 2002) and lives in Maarssen. On 6 November 2008, she married Jaap Korteweg, an organic farmer from Langeweg, with whom she had a second daughter (Amélie, born 2012).
In May 2004, Thieme's book De eeuw van het dier (The century of the animal) was published. Animal rights are the centre point of the text, which draws a line from the end of slavery through women's liberation to animal rights.
- (Dutch) Parlement.com biography
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