Ukraine is a poor performer (“E”) under the VACI, on par with Peru and Romania. The country has a moderately high reliance on farmed animal production, above average animal product consumption and inadequate animal protection legislation and enforcement.
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Ukraine is an exporter of animals and animal products. It slaughters around 15.7 land-based animals per person per year, compared to a global average of 10.1. The country’s dependence on farmed animals is moderately high, with around 5 farmed animals per person, versus a global average of 4.1. Factory farmed production is prevalent and growing amongst pigs, minks, chickens and other farmed birds.
The Ukrainian diet contains a relatively high proportion of animal products, with around 41% of the average person’s diet made up of land-based animal protein, compared with a global average of 35.2%. Each person consumes around 34.2g of land-based animal protein per day, versus a global average of 27.2g.
Ukraine is rated as a poor performer (“E”) under the Animal Protection Index (API), and its farmed animal protection legislation achieved the same rating under the index. While the legislation provides a good basis for animal protection, there are no species-specific animal protection standards or enforcement mechanisms relating to farmed animals. Learn more about the quality of Ukraine’s legislative protections on the API here.