Peru is a poor performer (“E”) under the VACI. Although Peru is below the global average for animal product consumption, it has a high level of animal production and weak animal protection laws, especially for farmed animals.
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Peru slaughters around 25.7 land-based animals per person per year, compared to the global average of 10.1. The country’s dependence on farmed animals is high, with around 6.6 farmed animals per person, versus a global average of 4.1. Factory farming is prevalent, particularly with chickens and other farmed birds.
The Peruvian diet contains a relatively low proportion of animal products, with around 31.2% of the average Peruvian’s diet consisting of land-based animal protein, lower than the global average of 35.2%. Each person consumes around 22.2g of land-based animal protein per day, compared to the global average of 27.2g. This is the lowest proportion of animal protein consumption amongst the countries surveyed in the Americas.
Peru is rated as a marginal performer (“D”) under the Animal Protection Index (API), and its farmed animal protection legislation achieved the worst performance rating (“G”) under the same index. Peru’s animal welfare protection legislation and regulatory framework is inadequate, and poorly enforced. Significantly, there are no species-specific welfare requirements for the rearing of farmed animals. Learn more about the quality of Peru’s legislation here.