Nigeria is one of the best performers under the VACI (on par with Switzerland), due largely to its low production and consumption of animal products.
Nigeria slaughters around 1.9 land-based animals per person / year, which is less than a fifth of the global average of 9.7. It also has the third lowest dependency on farm animals amongst the countries surveyed, with around 1.6 farm animals per person (compared with a global average of around 4). Farm production is mostly small-scale and extensive, although there is evidence that intensive factory farming methods are emerging – particularly in poultry production.
The Nigerian diet contains the lowest proportion of animal products amongst the countries surveyed, with around 9.52% 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 30.8g of land-based animal protein per day (compared with a global average of 26.7g). According to the World Bank, 46% of the Nigerian population was living below the national poverty line as at 2009.
Nigeria was given an “E” under the Animal Protection Index (API), and is also a poor performer under the Sanctioning Cruelty category. Learn more about the quality of Nigeria’s legislative protections on the API here.