Party for the Animals

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Party for the Animals

Partij voor de Dieren
AbbreviationPvdD
LeaderMarianne Thieme
ChairmanLuuk Folkerts
Leader in the SenateNiko Koffeman
Leader in the House of RepresentativesMarianne Thieme
Leader in the European ParliamentAnja Hazekamp
Founded28 October 2002 (2002-10-28)
HeadquartersAmsterdam
Youth wingPINK!
Think tankNicolaas G. Pierson foundation
Membership (2019)Increase 17,043[1]
IdeologyAnimal rights
Animal welfare[2]
Environmentalism[2]
Soft Euroscepticism[3]
European affiliationEuro Animal 7
European Parliament groupEuropean United Left–Nordic Green Left
Colours     Green
Seats in the House of Representatives
5 / 150
Seats in the Senate
2 / 75
Seats in the States-Provincial
20 / 570
Seats in the European Parliament
1 / 26
King's Commissioners
0 / 12
Website
www.partijvoordedieren.nl
www.partyfortheanimals.nl
www.pinkpolitiek.nl

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,[2] though it claims not to be a single-issue party. The party considers itself a testimonial party, which does not seek to gain political power but to testify its beliefs and thereby influence other parties.[4]

Since its foundation in 2002, the PvdD's political leader has been Marianne Thieme. With 3.2% of the vote at the general election, 2017, the PvdD holds five of the 150 House of Representatives's seats. In the Senate it has two of the 75 seats, and in the European Parliament it has one of the 26 seats allocated to the Netherlands constituency.

History[edit]

The Party for the Animals was founded on 28 October 2002 by Marianne Thieme, among others.[5]

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 many as in the 2003 general election. However, the number of votes was not enough to obtain a seat in the European Parliament.

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

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

In its third parliamentary election, on June 9, 2010, the PvdD retained its two seats in the House of Representatives with 122,317 votes (1.3%).

In the 2012 general election 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.

In the March 2017 general election the party gained three more seats, resulting in a total of 5.

Miscellaneous[edit]

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 its first four-year parliamentary period is the fact that the government has declared that reduction of national meat consumption further on is one of its priorities.[6]

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

Electoral results[edit]

Marianne Thieme, Leader in the House of Representatives
Niko Koffeman, Leader in the Senate
Anja Hazekamp, Leader in the European Parliament

Parliament[edit]

Election year # Votes % Percentage # Seats +/– Notes
2003 47,754 0.5 (#10)
0 / 150
new in opposition
2006 179,988 1.8 (#9)
2 / 150
2 Increase in opposition
2010 122,317 1.3 (#10)
2 / 150
0 Steady in opposition
2012 182,162 1.9 (#9)
2 / 150
0 Steady in opposition
2017 335,214 3.1 (#9)
5 / 150
3 Increase in opposition

Senate[edit]

Election year # Votes % Percentage # Seats +/–
2007 3,366 2.06 (#8)
1 / 75
new
2011 2,177 1.06 (#12)
1 / 75
0 Steady
2015 6,073 3.16 (#9)
2 / 75
1 Increase

Provincial[edit]

Election year No. of
overall votes
% of
overall vote
No. of
overall seats won
change
2007[7] 144,132 2.55
9 / 564
2011[8] 131,231 1.88
7 / 566
Decrease 2
2015[9] 210,113 3.46
18 / 570
Increase 11
2019[10] 317,103 4.36
20 / 570
Increase 2

European Parliament[edit]

Election year # Votes % Percentage # Seats +/–
2004 153,432 3.22 (#9)
0 / 27
new
2009 157,735 3.46 (#9)
0 / 25
0 Steady
2014 200,254 4.21 (#9)
1 / 26
1 Increase

Municipalities[edit]

Municipality Votes Percentage Seats
Amsterdam 24,672 7.1%
3 / 45
Arnhem 3,892 6.4%
2 / 39
Alkmaar 2,446 5.2%
2 / 39
Almere 4,106 5.9%
3 / 45
Apeldoorn 3,192 4.6%
2 / 39
Buren 1,059 9.0%
2 / 21
The Hague 10,201 5.3%
2 / 45
Gouda 1,303 4.0%
1 / 35
Groningen 5,475 6.6%
3 / 45
Heerlen 1,633 5.2%
2 / 37
Leeuwarden 1,600 4.0%
1 / 39
Leiden 4,388 7.7%
3 / 39
Nijmegen 3,694 4.5%
2 / 39
Pijnacker-Nootdorp 1,247 5.5%
2 / 31
Rotterdam 8,091 3.5%
1 / 45
Utrecht 8,317 5.3%
2 / 45
Westerwolde 626 7.0%
1 / 19
Zaanstad 2,663 4,3%
1 / 19

Representation[edit]

Members of the House of Representatives[edit]

After the 2017 elections the party has five representatives in the House of Representatives:

Members of the Senate[edit]

After the 2015 Senate elections, the party has two representatives in the Senate:

Members of the European Parliament[edit]

Current members of the European Parliament since the European Parliamentary election of 2014:

The MEPs of the Party for the Animals are part of the European United Left–Nordic Green Left Group in the European parliament.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Forum voor Democratie vierde ledenpartij, middenpartijen verliezen juist veel leden". NRC (in Dutch). Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Nordsieck, Wolfram (2017). "Netherlands". Parties and Elections in Europe. Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  3. ^ "A eurosceptic's guide to the Dutch election". The Eurosceptic.
  4. ^ "Vijf jaar Partij voor de Dieren in Nederlands parlement" (in Dutch). 2011-10-02. (note: testimonial party is 'getuigenispartij' in Dutch)
  5. ^ "Tien jaar Partij voor de Dieren". NOS. 28 October 2012. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Interview". Nu.nl. Retrieved 2014-06-14.
  7. ^ "Provinciale Staten 7 maart 2007". Retrieved 2018-12-13.
  8. ^ "Provinciale Staten 2 maart 2011". Retrieved 2018-12-13.
  9. ^ "Provinciale Staten 18 maart 2015". Retrieved 2018-12-13.
  10. ^ "Provinciale Staten 20 maart 2019". Retrieved 2019-04-01.
  11. ^ "Drs. F.M. (Femke Merel) van Kooten-Arissen LLB". PARLEMENT.com (in Dutch).
  12. ^ "Eva Akerboom vervangend Tweede Kamerlid". www.partijvoordedieren.nl (in Dutch).
  13. ^ "Christine Teunissen vervangend Tweede Kamerlid". www.partijvoordedieren.nl (in Dutch).

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