Despite having strong animal protection laws, The Netherlands is a very poor performer under the VACI due to its high levels of production and consumption of animal products.
The Netherlands slaughters the most animals on a per capita basis than any other country, equating to 36 land-based animals slaughtered per person / year (compared with a global average of 9.7). The country’s dependency on farm animals is high, with around 7.3 farm animals per person (compared with a global average of around 4). Large-scale and intensive factory farming is widespread, particularly in pig and poultry production.
The Dutch diet contains the highest proportion of animal products than any other country, with around 65.7% 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 68.8g of land-based animal protein per day (compared with a global average of 26.7g). This said, average meat consumption per person declined from 80kg in 2005 to 75kg in 2015.
The Netherland was given a “B” under the Animal Protection Index (API), and is also a relatively higher performer under the Sanctioning Cruelty category. The Netherlands has statutory recognition of animal sentience and laws that prohibit animal suffering by acts of cruelty and neglect. Learn more about the quality of The Netherlands’ legislative protections on the API here.