Myanmar is a very poor performer (“F”) under the VACI, on par with Argentina. The country has a high level of animal production, growing consumption of animal products and inadequate animal protection laws, especially for farmed animals.
Myanmar slaughters 27.9 land-based animals per person per year, compared with the global average of 10.1, making Myanmar the third highest in Asia after Malaysia. The country’s dependence on farmed animals is high, with 6.9 farmed animals per person, versus a global average of 4.1. Myanmar slaughters a high proportion of chickens and other farmed birds (around 99%), including ducks, geese and guinea fowls. Factory farming is common in the pig, dairy and farmed bird sectors. China’s demand for Myanmar’s live cattle is also on the rise.
Boosted by increased incomes, the amount of protein in the country’s diet has risen from 29% in 2013 to 37% in 2017, compared to the global average of 35.2%. This equates to each person consuming around 28.3g of land-based animal protein per day, versus a global average of 27.2g.
Myanmar is rated as a very poor performer (“F”) under the Animal Protection Index (API), and its farmed animal protection legislation achieved the worst performance rating (“G”) under the same index. Myanmar’s animal welfare legislation focuses largely on improved animal health and productivity, rather than animal protection and welfare. Learn more about the quality of Myanmar’s legislative protections on the API here.