The Dutch are known as real animal lovers. It is therefore not surprising that Animal Day is celebrated annually on the 4th of October. On this special Animal Day, the Dutch set their pets in the spotlight. Most Dutch households have one or more pets, this can be a cat, dog, guinea pig, marmot, domestic rat, snake, bird, fish, or any other exotic or non-exotic animal or a combination of different pets.
In the Netherlands, Animal Day, or “Dierendag” as we say in Dutch, is a beloved celebration of our furry and feathered friends. It’s a day dedicated to pampering and appreciating the animals that bring extra joy to our lives.
Dierendag is a very special day, Animal Day
How do we celebrate Animal Day? On this special day, pet owners and animal lovers do their very best to show their love and care for their pets. It’s like a mini “spa day” for our sweet animal friends. This is how you celebrate Animal Day the Dutch way!
How to celebrate Aminal Day in the Netherlands
1. Special Treats: Pet owners often start the day by preparing delicious, homemade treats for their pets. From homemade dog biscuits to gourmet catnip-infused snacks, animals are in for a treat.
➔ Animal Day special treats
2. Pet Spa: Many people take their pets to the groomers for a spa day. It’s all about getting that fur fluffed and those feathers preened. After all, animals deserve a bit of pampering too!
3. Outdoor Adventures: Dutch people like to take their pets outside, whether it’s a long walk in the woods, a trip to the beach or just a relaxing walk in the park. Animal Day is a day to explore nature together.
4. Donations: Some people use Animal Day as an opportunity to give back to the animal community. They make donations to local animal shelters, rescue organizations, or wildlife conservation efforts.
5. Adopt, Don’t Shop: Animal Day is also a reminder of the importance of adopting pets from shelters rather than buying them from pet stores. It’s a day to raise awareness about animal welfare and responsible pet ownership.
➔ Animal Shelters in the Netherlands
6. Pet-Friendly Businesses: On Animal Day, you’ll find pet-friendly cafes, restaurants, and even shops where pets are welcomed with open arms. It’s a chance for animals to socialize and enjoy a day out.
7. Educational Events: Many schools and community organizations organize educational events on Animal Day to teach children about the importance of animal care, conservation, and compassion.
8. Social Media Sharing: In the age of social media, people love to share adorable photos and heartwarming stories about their pets. #Dierendag trends as people across the Netherlands share their love for their animal companions.
Be kind to all the animals not only on Animal Day
Overall, Animal Day in the Netherlands is a delightful celebration of the bonds between humans and animals. It’s a day to cherish and spoil our pets, promote animal welfare, and appreciate the joy they bring into our lives.
Political party “Partij voor de Dieren” translated as “Party for the Animals”.
The Netherlands has a political party that focuses on animal rights and environmental issues, as well as broader environmental and sustainability concerns. The party’s primary goal is to give a voice to animals and advocate for policies that protect their interests.
This political party is called Partij voor de Dieren, also called “Dieren Partij”, translated in Englisch as Party for the Animals. This party was founded in 2002 and has been represented in the Dutch Parliament (Tweede Kamer) since 2006. However, it’s important to note that the party primarily operates in opposition and does not typically hold major positions in the Dutch government.
Animal Party, Dieren Partij, founders and political leader
Marianne Thieme and Esther Ouwehand are two prominent figures associated with the Party for the Animals. The party has been represented in the Dutch parliament and various municipal councils. The political leader of the Party for the Animals is Esther Ouwehand. The party was founded in 2002. In the House of Representatives elections of March 17, 2021, the PvdD won 6 seats, a gain of 1 seat compared to the 2017 elections. The party has 3 seats in the Senate and 1 seat in the European Parliament.
Party ideal. What does this party stand for?
Party for the Animals (PvdD) regards animals as the weakest in society and wants to put animal welfare back on the political agenda.
Elections November 22, 2023
The current Rutte IV cabinet fell because the parties could not agree on asylum policy. This means that the Netherlands did go to the polls again. The early House of Representatives election took place on November 22, 2023. At the recent elections, the Party for Animals gained 3 seats in parliament. In 2023 the Partij voor de Dieren has almost 25.000 members, and the party is still growing.
➔ Partij voor de Dieren – Party for Animals
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