Venezuela is an extremely poor performer under the VACI and ranked third worst of the countries surveyed.
Venezuela slaughters around 24.9 land-based animals per person / year, which is significantly higher than the global average of 9.7. The country’s dependency on farm animals is also high, with around 4.8 farm animals per person (compared with a global average of around 4). Factory farming is prominent, particularly in pig and poultry production.
The Venezuelan diet contains a high proportion of animal products, with around 50.2% 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 35.1g of land-based animal protein per day (compared with a global average of 26.7g).
Venezuela was given an “E” under the Animal Protection Index (API), and is also a very poor performer under the Sanctioning Cruelty category. While animal protection laws exist in Venezuela, they fail to offer meaningful protections (particularly to farm animals), and they appear to focus mostly on the health and production of animals over the animal’s welfare. Learn more about the quality of Venezuela’s legislative protections on the API here.
Note - the VACI does not take into account the socioeconomic crises that Venezuela has undergone since the tenure of Hugo Chávez.