Switzerland is a good performer under the VACI (on par with Nigeria), due to its strict animal welfare laws and its low meat production.
The Swiss diet contains a relatively high proportion of animal products, with around 62.4% of the average person’s diet being made up of land-based animal protein (compared with a global average of 35.2%). This is the fifth highest level of consumption amongst the countries surveyed, and equates to each person consuming around 62.5g of land-based animal protein per day (compared with a global average of 26.7g). As at 2015, it was estimated that around 3% of the population identified as vegetarian.
Switzerland was given an “A” under the Animal Protection Index (API), and is also a good performer under the Sanctioning Cruelty category. The API noted that Switzerland had strong animal protection laws that are rigorously enforced at a Federal level. Learn more about the quality of Switzerland’s legislative protections on the API here.