Nicolaas G. Pierson Foundation

The Foundation is named in honour of the philanthropist Nicolaas G.Pierson, who passed away on 12th August 2007 at the age of 53. Pierson strongly believed in the return of social justice in politics and an ethical revival with respect to animals, nature and the environment. The significant financial support he gave to the Party for the Animals was an important factor in its breakthrough into the Dutch parliament.

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The Pacer in the Marathon| 53mins
Director: Joos de Haas | Producer:
Focus Years: | Country: Netherlands
Subject Tags: animals as friends, belief, ego, ethics, europe, media, netherlands, politics, society
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
On October 28th, 2002 – for the first time in history – a political party is founded which does not base its policy on human-centric thinking. The Party for the Animals represents a new political movement that attaches importance to an enhanced well-being of animals, nature and environment. ‘The foundation of The Party for the Animals was received ten years ago with much scepticism within traditional politics. However, the Party for the Animals very quickly appeared to function as a pacer in the marathon’, recalls Marianne Thieme – co-founder and party leader. In 2006, the Party for the Animals was elected to national parliament. Today, the party additionally comprises a youth organization – Pink – and a scientific bureau – Nicolaas G. Pierson Foundation (NGPF), and is furthermore widely represented internationally. In commission by the Nicolaas G. Pierson Foundation, filmmaker Joost de Haas has made a documentary on the first ten years of the Party for the Animals. Next to in-depth interviews with the party founders, the film provides an insight into the public reception – in the past and present – of this pioneering political movement, within science, politics and media. During the 10th anniversary gathering of the Party for the Animals on October the 28th 2012 The Pacer in the Marathon celebrated its national premiere.

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