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U.S. Ranked as Second Worst Nation in the World on New Animal Cruelty Index

The American diet is made up of 61.1 percent of land-based animal protein. Each day, by our dietary choices, we choose to be complicit in the shameful treatment of billions of animals raised for food.

ONDINE SHERMAN: ‘The United States has ranked as the second-worst country for animal cruelty, according to the new Voiceless Animal Cruelty Index (VACI), which evaluates and ranks 50 countries based on the welfare of farmed animals. It is placed 49th out of 50 countries and labeled “extremely poor.” These 50 countries account for 80 percent of the world’s farmed animal population. Several years ago, the U.S. was ranked 31st out of 50 by another index, the API, created by World Animal Protection.

The massive drop in ranking is accounted for by the different focus: Rather than looking at the quality of animal welfare legislation, VACI measures cruelty to farmed animals. VACI calculates an algorithm based on how countries perform in three categories: producing cruelty, consuming cruelty and sanctioning cruelty. These categories analyze data on the number of animals slaughtered for food, consumption patterns and regulatory frameworks…

The U.S. performed terribly in the first two categories which primarily measure the effects of diet… The American diet is made up of 61.1 percent of land-based animal protein, making it the sixth highest percentage of such protein intake in the world. The treatment of farmed animals is an important ethical consideration for every citizen. Each day, by their dietary choices, Americans choose to be complicit in the shameful treatment of billions of animals raised for food, with 99 percent of them coming from factory farms’. SOURCE…

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