Van Esch in 2020
Van Esch in 2020

Eva Maria van Esch (born 12 May 1986 in Rossum) is a Dutch politician, currently serving as a Member of Parliament for the Party for the Animals (Partij voor de Dieren, PvdD). She was appointed on 9 October 2019, taking the seat of outgoing party leader Marianne Thieme. She previously served as the party's faction leader in the Utrecht City Council.[1][2]

Political positions

Van Esch proposes that dogs should be allowed into hospitals to visit their owners’ deathbeds. They should also be permitted into funeral homes to say a last goodbye.[3] She favours tighter regulations for wood-burning.[4]


  1. ^ "Animal party leader leaves parliament after 13 years". NL Times. 30 September 2019. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  2. ^ "Utrechts raadslid neemt plek Marianne Thieme in Tweede Kamer over". De Utrechtse Internet Courant. 29 September 2019. Retrieved 4 February 2020.
  3. ^ "Partij voor de Dieren wil bezoekrecht honden aan overleden baas". (in Dutch). 19 February 2020. Retrieved 19 February 2020.
  4. ^ "Tweede Kamer vindt het te vroeg voor strengere regels houtstook". De Gelderlander (in Dutch). 2 February 2020. Retrieved 21 February 2020.