Australia is a very poor performer under the VACI, due largely to the high level of animal protein in the Australian diet.
Australians are highly dependent on animals, having around 8.8 animals per person (more than double the global average of 4) and slaughtering around 27.2 animals per person / year (almost triple the global average of 9.7). The vast majority of Australian animals are confined in factory farms, particularly in pigs and poultry production. A significant proportion of cows (including dairy cows) are also raised or “finished” in intensive systems.
Australia was given a “C” under the Animal Protection Index (API), and ranked relatively well under the Sanctioning Cruelty category. This is largely due to the presence of comprehensive anti-animal cruelty legislation at a state and territory level, although the law continues to permit a range of cruel practices, particularly to farm animals and wild animals. Learn more about the quality of Australia’s regulatory framework on the Animal Protection Index here.