The Philippines is an adequate performer (“C”) under the VACI. Although the country has moderate levels of animal product consumption and production, its legislative protection for farmed animals is lacking.
The Philippines slaughters around 11.1 land-based animals per person per year, compared to the global average of 10.1. Animal production ranges from backyard farms to large-scale intensive systems. The country’s dependence on farmed animals is low, with around 2 farmed animals per person, versus the global average of 4.1. The number of factory farms is growing – particularly with pigs, chickens and other farmed birds, a trend that is likely to persist as multinational agribusiness corporations expand and outsource overseas.
The Philippines is rated as a marginal performer (“D”) under the Animal Protection Index (API), and its farmed animal protection legislation achieved a poor performance rating (“E”) under the same index. While the Five Freedoms are enshrined under the law, the provisions relating to the protection of farmed animals are vague and enforcement mechanisms are unclear. Learn more about the quality of the legislative protections in the Philippines on the API here.