It is the first time in world’s history that Germans were voting for a vegan political party in the General Election on September 24th. Led by Ronald Wegner, the chairperson, the party is expected to transform legislation regarding the economy, the environment, and animal rights, based on its motto of ‘We Love Life.’
The party was founded in Munich in 2016 and brands itself as the Party for Change, Vegetarians, and Vegans. It is nicknamed ‘V-Party3’ or ‘V-Partei3’.
According to the founding group, this party is required because the animal farewell issues are not properly covered by Germany’s Green Party. In addition, the Green Party is not a hardliner when it comes to farming but only focus on continued production of meat by replacing factory farming with free range farming.
Interestingly, V-Party3 wants to completely ban the slaughter of animals by 2030. According to the Federal President Roland Wegner, they are the new Greens and only brighter but it doesn’t mean they are not following in their footsteps. Rather, they are picking up all the points that have been neglected in the past.
Although some voters may be hesitant to vote for a party that based on a ‘diet,’ the group insists their policies are not based on food. Rather, they are after a lifestyle that ensures sustainability and compassion.
According to Wegner, they also receive a great response in their environment from other people that support and respect their political demands other than vegans and vegetarians. He insisted that the implementation of the most crucial issues of their party aims for a better climate, healthier food, better water, and more peace in the world.
For this to be successful, the party’s policies are focusing on the welfare of the German population. The party has pledged to implement equal rights to fair wages, education, and self-realization. They also want state-subsidized community centers which will ensure proper care for children and the elderly. In addition, they want the introduction of unconditional basic income.
The party is currently holding a small percentage of members but it is swiftly growing. Wegner claims that about 10 million in Germany live without meat and more could be joining. He believes that although they are mainly targeting vegans, they will be expecting the support of most meat-eaters to back up their policies that protect people and animals.
This party represents a chance for many environmentalists and animal lovers to be heard.