People will feel we [Tanzanians] are developed when we are treating better our animals. Thomas Kahema (veterinarian and animal advocate)
Tanzania is considered a best performer under the VACI, and is ranked third highest of the countries surveyed.
Tanzania slaughters around 1.3 land-based animals per person / year, which is the third lowest of the countries surveyed and is less than a seventh of the global average of 9.7. The country also has the fourth lowest dependency on farm animals of the countries surveyed, with around 1.7 farm animals per person (compared with a global average of around 4). The FAO cites an absence of intensive farming, with predominantly small-scale farming of indigenous breeds.
The Tanzanian diet contains the third lowest proportion of animal products of the countries surveyed, with around 14.7% of the average Tanzanian diet being made up of land-based animal protein (compared with a global average of 35.2%). This equates to each person consuming around 8.2g of land-based animal protein per day (compared with a global average of 26.7g). According to the World Bank, 28.2% of the population lived below the poverty line as at 2011.
Tanzania was given a “D” under the Animal Protection Index (API), and is a moderate performer under the Sanctioning Cruelty category. Learn more about the quality of Tanzania’s legislative protections on the API here.