Uruguay is a marginally adequate performer under the VACI (on par with South Africa), due largely to its high production and consumption of animal products.
Uruguay slaughters around 16.6 land-based animals per person / year, which is significantly higher than the global average of 9.7. The country has the third highest dependency on farm animals of the countries surveyed, with around 11.5 farm animals per person (compared with a global average of around 4).
The Uruguayan diet contains a high proportion of animal products, with around 57.5% 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 51.9g of land-based animal protein per day (compared with a global average of 26.7g).
Uruguay was given a “D” under the Animal Protection Index (API), and is a moderate performer under the Sanctioning Cruelty category. The API noted inadequate protections, particularly for farmed and wild animals. Learn more about the quality of Uruguay’s legislative protections on the API here.