Brazil is a very poor performer under the VACI, due largely to its high production and consumption of animal products.
Brazil is a high-volume animal producer, slaughtering around 28.4 land-based animals per person / year (compared to a global average of 9.7). The country’s dependency on farm animals is relatively high, with around 8 farm animals per person (double the global average of around 4). Factory farming is widespread in poultry and pig production. Around 82.6% of the animals farmed in Brazil are broiler chickens.
Brazil was given a “C” under the API, and is also an average performer under the Sanctioning Cruelty category. While Brazil has adequate animal protection laws, the application and enforcement of those laws are limited. In addition, Brazilian law continues to permit some of the cruellest factory farming practices, such as sow stalls, farrowing crates and battery cages. Learn more about the quality of Brazil’s legislative protections on the API here.