Ukraine is a poor performer under the VACI (on par with Morocco), due largely to its high levels of animal production and poor animal welfare laws.
Ukraine slaughters around 15 land-based animals per person / year, which is higher than the global average of 9.7. The country’s dependency on farm animals is also high, with around 5.3 farm animals per person (compared with a global average of around 4). Factory farming is prevalent in pig, mink and poultry production.
The Ukrainian diet contains a relatively high proportion of animal products, with around 45.9% of the average person’s diet being made up of land-based animal protein (compared with a global average of 35.2%). This equates to each person consuming around 38.5g of land-based animal protein per day (compared with a global average of 26.7g).
Ukraine was given an “E” under the Animal Protection Index (API), and is also a poor performer under the Sanctioning Cruelty category. According to the API, the Ukraine’s animal protection laws are failing to both make animal welfare a mainstream concern in the country and to prevent and punish acts of cruelty. Learn more about the quality of Ukraine’s legislative protections on the API here.