Ouwehand: ‘Our line is always secular and it stays so’

The Animals Party has often been associated with seventh day adventists, a Protestant church society that lives according to the laws of the Old Testament, and rejects abortion and gay marriage. Many seventh day adventists eat vegetarian or vegan. Thieme became a member of this church at a later age. Koffeman is also an adventist.

The Party for the Animals claims to be a progressive-left party, and that is also evident from its views and voting behaviour. The party is for abortion and gay marriage.

However, it is striking that the party deviates from other left-progressive parties when it comes to the introduction of a mouthcap duty (against) and the donor law (against). Also, the party‘s constituents have more doubts about vaccination than the voters of other left-progressive parties. Furthermore, the party advocates home education, a point that seventh day adventists also consider important.

โ€œ We attach great importance to a society as free as possible,โ€ says Ouwehand about these points of view. โ€œWithin the party, opinions on the donor law are divided, but ultimately the right to self-determination is paramount. We do not fly that religiously.โ€

No adventistic influence

Seventh day Adventist Allard Nammensma wonders whether Ouwehand will continue โ€œthe adventist courseโ€ or not. โ€œHow much of this adventistic DNA remains in your party now that Thieme is gone?โ€

Ouwehand says the party does not take a religious course. โ€œOur line is always secular, and it will remain so. So there is no adventistic influence on our views or on our electoral program. We were secular, we remain secular, and I’m not a believer.