Chile is a poor performer (“E”) under the VACI. The country has a high level of animal product consumption, heavy reliance on farmed animal production and inadequate farmed animal protection legislation.
Chile slaughters 16.8 land-based animals per person per year, compared to the global average of 10.1. The country's dependence on farmed animals is high, with 7.7 farmed animals per person, compared with a global average of 4.1. Factory farming is widespread, particularly for pigs, chickens and other farmed birds, as well as cows for dairy production.
The Chilean diet contains a relatively high proportion of animal products, with around 49.3% of the average Chilean's diet being made up of land-based animal protein, compared with a global average of 35.2%. Each person consumes around 42g of land-based animal protein per day, compared with a global average of 27.2g.
Chile is a marginal performer ("D") under the Animal Protection Index (API), and its farmed animal protection legislation achieved a very poor performance rating ("F") under the same index. Although Chile has passed extensive legislation regarding animal suffering, transport, and animal slaughter, the rearing and production of pigs, broiler chickens, egg laying hens, dairy cattle and calves is largely unregulated in the country. Learn more about the quality of Chile's legislative protections on the API here.