The survey was conducted by the Australia-based, non-profit, animal rights group Voiceless Animal Cruelty Index (VACI) and ranks Tanzania 3rd ‘least cruel’ after Kenya and India.
VACI tracks the animal welfare performance of 50 select countries regarded as among the largest producers of farm animal products in the world.
The organisation aims to provide an “interactive index” that evaluates and ranks countries based on the nature, extent and intensity of cruelty associated with farm animal production and consumption.
The 50 earmarked countries together account for almost 80 percent of the world’s farm animal population.
VACI says its assessment of countries is based on three factors: producing cruelty, consuming cruelty, and sanctioning cruelty.
Producing cruelty is based on the number of farm animals slaughtered for food every year on a per-capita basis. Consuming cruelty is based on the number of animals consumed, on a per-capita basis, as a source of protein.
Sanctioning cruelty measures a country’s societal and cultural attitudes to farm animals, as reflected in the quality of regulatory frameworks that protect or fail to protect farm animals.
Other countries included in the report are Switzerland, Austria, Germany, the United States, Sweden, the United Kingdom, France, Denmark and the Philippines.
According to VACI: “The Philippines is the fourth best-performing country due to its low levels of animal production and consumption.”
“The country’s dependency on farm animals is low, with around 2 farm animals per person (compared with a global average of around 4).”
“While farming is mostly small-scale, factory farms are growing— particularly in pig and poultry production.”
The Philippines slaughters around 10.2 land-based animals per person per year, which is slightly higher than the global average of 9.7.