Pakistan is an adequate performer on the VACI due to its low production and consumption of animal products.
The Pakistani diet contains a higher proportion of animal products than average, with around 41.1% 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 26.7g of land-based animal protein per day, which is on par with the global average.
Pakistan was given an “F” under the Animal Protection Index (API), and is also a poor performer under the Sanctioning Cruelty category. The API notes that Pakistan’s laws are outdated (most likely a remnant of the British colonial system), and that enforcement mechanisms are inadequate. The poor treatment of captive animals is also a major concern. Learn more about the quality of Pakistan’s legislative protections on the API here.