Iran is a very poor performer under the VACI (on par with Russia), and is ranked fourth worst out of the countries surveyed.
Iran slaughters around 22 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 also extremely high (second only to New Zealand), with around 12.9 farm animals per person. This is compared with a global average of around 4. Poultry production is now Iran’s second largest industry after oil.
The Iranian diet contains a relatively low proportion of animal products, with around 22.9% of the average person’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 19.3g of land-based animal protein per day (compared with a global average of 26.7g).
Iran was given a “G” under the Animal Protection Index (API), and is also a poor performer under the Sanctioning Cruelty category. This is due to the absence of any meaningful animal protection laws in the country, and the absence of government policies or strategies focusing on animal welfare. Learn more about the quality of Iran’s legislative protections on the API here.