India is one of the best performers under the VACI, ranking second highest of the countries surveyed.
India was given a “C” under the Animal Protection Index (API), and is also a moderate performer under the Sanctioning Cruelty category. The country has adequate animal protection laws, with a particular focus on protecting cows for religious purposes. India’s legislation falls short of international standards in many areas, such as the killing of healthy stray dogs, the legalisation of husbandry practices (such as dehorning and nose roping) and exemptions for religious slaughter. Learn more about the quality of India’s legislative protections on the API here.