Morocco is a very poor performer (“F”) under the VACI, on par with Brazil. Although its animal consumption is below the global average, Morocco has a high level of animal production and inadequate animal protection laws, especially for farmed animals.
Livestock raising, particularly with sheep and cattle is widespread. The sector accounts for a third of agricultural income. Morocco slaughters around 16.5 land-based animals per person per year, a significantly higher level than the global average of 10.1. The country’s dependence on farmed animals is also high, with around 6.8 farmed animals per person, compared with a global average of 4.1. Chickens and other farmed birds are typically reared on small-scale farms, although large-scale intensive production is becoming increasingly common.
The Moroccan diet contains a relatively low proportion of animal products, with around 23% of the average person’s diet made up of land-based animal protein, versus a global average of 35.2%. This equates to each person consuming around 21g of land-based animal protein per day, compared with the global average of 27.2g.
Morocco is rated as a very poor (“F”) performer under the Animal Protection Index (API), and its farmed animal protection legislation achieved the worst performance rating (“G”) under the same index. Few regulations address the rearing, transport, and slaughter of farmed animals, and farrowing crates, sow stalls and cages are not banned. Learn more about the quality of Morocco’s legislative protections on the API here.