Vegan party joins political scene in Denmark

Farming, photo: Stijn te Strake on Unsplash
Farming, photo: Stijn te Strake on Unsplash

The vegan political party Veganerpartiet said it has the support needed to contest parliamentary seats in Denmark.

Calling for an end to “all livestock farming for human benefit”, Veganerpartiet spokesman Lars Corvinius Olesen warned other parties that they would be attacking them on their green credentials.

“You can’t claim to be an environmentalist while supporting the farm industry or by eating meat or any other animal product,” Olesen said.

A call to put an end to livestock farming, responsible for around 40 percent of greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, will be at the heart of the parties’ future election campaign.

“Just like the human race, all species have the right to live free and not to suffer”, the vegan political party says on its website.

Thursday marked the moment when the vegans gained the roughly 20,000 backers needed for parties without sitting members of parliament to participate in the election.

“We hit our goal!” the group trumpeted in a Twitter post.

Spokesman Olesen said he was sure that the Veganerpartiet very “existence in the political arena will create a debate” about its core issues.

It will now be up to Denmark’s interior ministry to validate the group’s claim to have the 20.109 backers needed to stand in the country of 5.5 million people.

Source: AFP

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