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.
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.