About us

Marianne ThiemeMarianne Thieme is not only the co-founder of the Party for the Animals, but also its party leader. Following her law degree at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, she worked for a governmental advice bureau for several years (from 1998 to 2001). Her career in animal protection began as a fauna consultant for the Dutch Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Following this, she worked as policy adviser for Bont voor Dieren (Fur for Animals),
an organization for the protection of fur-bearing animals. In October 2002, she set up the Party for the Animals together with some other animal protectionists. In November 2006, she won a seat in the Dutch House of
Representatives and also became party chair.
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Niko KoffemanNiko Koffeman is the founder and chairman of the Nicolaas G. Pierson Foundation and also the elected member of the Dutch Senate for the Party for the Animals. Niko Koffeman has been passionately involved in animal, nature and environmental protection since he was 18 years old. He prevented the establishment of a landfill site in the Lickebaert area by planting a protest forest, he ran campaigns against blood sports and the genetic manipulation of animals, he was the co-founder of the Wakker Dier Foundation and achieved national fame as a result of the protest against the Royal Family’s participation in wild boar hunting. Koffeman initiated the making of both the documentaries Meat the Truth and Sea the Truth.
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Esther OuwehandEsther Ouwehand joined the Party for the Animals in 2002 after a career as a marketing manager at a magazine publisher. Esther Ouwehand became the party’s co-ordinator in 2004 during which she was responsible for the management of the party’s headquarters. Esther Ouwehand is one of the authors of the 2006 electoral program “220x liever..”. The party congress elected her for second place on the candidate list for the parliamentary elections of November 2006. Together with Marianne Thieme, she was elected to parliament. Her most important dossiers are animal experimentation, biotechnology, fisheries, entertainment and animals, and climate and nature.

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Karen SoetersKaren Soeters was appointed as director of the Nicolaas G. Pierson Foundation in August 2007. She was the project manager for the much-discussed documentary Meat the Truth, was responsible for its sequel Sea the Truth and was one of the makers of a visual document about religious slaughther without stunning. In addition to these activities, she works as a lecturer of media psychology at the Institute for Media and Information Management of the Hogeschool van Amsterdam and is a board member of the Dutch Vegetarian Society and Bont voor Dieren (Fur for Animals).  Karen Soeters has been interested in animal welfare and environmental issues for as long as she can remember.

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Lieke KellerLieke Keller is director and co-founder of the Party for the Animals. During her Andragogy studies Lieke Keller specialised in communication strategies. From 1991 to 2005 she was the director of Bont voor Dieren (Fur for Animals) and committee member of the Wakker Dier Foundation. Between October 2005 and February 2007 she was director of the Sophia Association. Ever since its foundation Lieke Keller has been closely involved in the Party for the Animals.
As committee member she is currently responsible for running the party bureau.
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Ton Dekker
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Ton Dekker was formerly working as a researcher at The Meertens Institute (KNAW) and has for many years been actively engaged in animal protection. Since 1979 he has been committed to various animal welfare organizations, among which the Dutch Society for the Prevention of Cruelty where he is now still involved as a committee member. Furthermore Ton Dekker is active for the Fish Protection Foundation, Bont voor Dieren (Fur for Animals), Rodent Protection Foundation and the Party for the Animals.

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FILMMAKERS:

Joost de Haas is a science journalist and filmmaker. Subjects for his films derive from fields as science, environmental and developmental studies. Joost de Haas has worked for broadcasters as VPRO, Teleac and BBC World.

The Nicolaas G. Pierson Foundation is the scientific bureau of the Party for the Animals. The NGPF’s goal is to conduct scientific research and increase public knowledge and awareness of social issues, most particularly with regard to animal welfare, animal rights, sustainability and nature. The NGPF explores and presents alternatives that can contribute to the realisation of a more pleasant, animal-friendly and sustainable society. In so doing, the Nicolaas G. Pierson Foundation endeavours to make existing scientific research and knowledge far more accessible to the broader public and to stimulate societal and political debate on such themes. In addition, the NGPF also initiates scientific research studies.