A new political party with a call to abolish livestock farming at the centre of its manifesto is set to contest elections in Denmark.
The Veganerpartiet, or Vegan Party, was founded in 2018. Earlier this month, however, it reached the 20,182 declarations needed by the Danish constitution to allow it to field candidates in future polls.
Party spokesman Corvinius Olesen called for an end to “all livestock husbandry for human benefit” and warned other parties that the Veganerpartiet group would be attacking them on their green credentials.
“You can’t claim to be an environmentalist while supporting the farm industry,” he claimed.
Although the next Danish par-liamentary election isn’t expected until 2023 – and the party’s claim to have reached the required level of declarations has yet to be ratified by the government – the party is already causing a stir.
With the abolition of livestock farming a central plank of its stance, it website states: “We will work for a better climate and environment, better public health, rights for animals, sound use of resources and to phase out human exploitation of animals.”
Livestock farming is responsible for around 40 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, according to a recent study by Oslo-based charity EAT.