Animal welfare matters: see how your country treats animals
Our Animal Protection Index (API), which ranks countries on their laws protecting animals, exposes the drastic need for global change
Holding countries to account
For the API, we assessed the animal welfare policies and legislation of 50 countries, and ranked them from A (the highest score) to G.
Shockingly, no country obtained an ‘A’ grade.
Some countries such as Morocco, Iran, Algeria, and Belarus were found to still be missing the basic legal framework needed to protect animals, and others do not formally recognise animal sentience in their existing legislation.
Sweden, United Kingdom and Austria are rated with the highest scores, which is encouraging. More countries need to follow their lead.
We are calling on all governments to immediately improve their animal welfare standards, not only for the benefit of animals, but also to reduce the risk to public health.