Chile is an adequate performer under the VACI, and has the highest overall score in the Americas due largely to its strict animal welfare laws.
Chile slaughters around 15.4 land-based animals per person / year, which is much higher than the global average of 9.7. The country’s dependency on farm animals is relatively high, with around 5 farm animals per person (compared with a global average of around 4). Factory farming is widespread throughout the country, particularly in dairy, pig and poultry production.
The Chilean diet contains a relatively high proportion of animal products, with around 49.9% of the average Chilean’s diet being made up of land-based animal protein (compared with a global average of 35.2%). This equates to each person consuming around 41.9g of land-based animal protein per day (compared with a global average of 26.7g).
Chile was given a “B” under the Animal Protection Index (API), and is also a good performer under the Sanctioning Cruelty category. This is largely due to its comprehensive, albeit recently implemented, animal protection legislative framework. Learn more about the quality of Chile’s legislative protections on the API here.