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Animal rights party claims extra EU seat

Monday 12 October 2009

Animal rights party PvdD is claiming the extra seat which the Netherlands will get in the European parliament when the Lisbon treaty comes into effect, the NRC reports on Monday.

The party should get the seat on the basis of the number of votes cast in the June European elections.

However, the cabinet is insisting the extra seat can only be given to a party which already has representatives in Brussels, and that is Geert Wilders' anti-immigration PVV.

The NRC says the PvdD will not accept this decision, but does not state what action the party is planning to take.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

The Animal rights party should get the extra seat!

By sandra | 12 October 2009 2:42 PM

I totally agree. animals are worth of having voice in the european parliament.

By meri | 12 October 2009 4:20 PM

We are all animals, yes, let the 4 legged ones voice their opinions, Baaahhh!

By stevie | 12 October 2009 11:24 PM

Yep, I agree the Animal Rights rep should be given this seat!

By john | 13 October 2009 3:54 AM

Animal write party should get a seat in some barn or a farm, their place is not in government. I really do not understand the Dutch some times, OK..OK we love animals and all that kind of BS but what animals have to do with politics??? We have one lunatic on the loose Geert Wilders'.

By Al | 13 October 2009 5:28 AM

There are enough animals in the EU parliament in Brussels

By melkquelk | 13 October 2009 8:13 AM

The funny thing is that both parties which claim the seat are against the Lisbon treaty.

So, obviously, their 'principle' position is worth less than an additional seat in Strasbourg.

By frederic | 13 October 2009 8:22 AM

Is everyone in Holland living so comfortably that they need no political representation? Rather concentration of rights should be on animals?

By Linlita | 13 October 2009 8:53 AM


By barkin harkin | 13 October 2009 9:28 AM

Maybe there might be a voice on the cloned animals consumed daily. Get the scientists out of the natural reproductive cycle of animals. Only BAD can come from this!

By Paul Martin | 13 October 2009 12:41 PM

Animila Rights and other "single issue" groups should be into lobbying existing parties, not becoming one.

What a waste of investment, time and effort to have someone in anhy parliament who is does not represent a platform or agenda on issues such as economics, defence and social issues.

I can just see it, when the topic of sending troops to Afghanistan is discussed, the response is "as long as they do not ride camels or shoot donkeys".

By Solkhar | 14 October 2009 4:44 PM

The Netherlands is to be congratulated on having The Party For The Animals. I think the Dutch are one of the most civilised and progressive nations on Earth. I hope the PvdD get the seat in The European Parliament.

By Brenton H | 6 November 2009 10:58 AM

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