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Will the Animal Protection Index award either the USA or China with a higher grade than received in the 2014 index for farm animal welfare by the end 2022?
It is estimated that 60% of the biomass of mammals are livestock. The overwhelming majority of these animals are raised in factory farms, where conditions can involve “intense confinement, inhibition of natural behaviors, untreated health issues, and numerous other causes of suffering”.
World Animal Protection is expected to update its assessment of each country and considers a number of indicators which address the key issues relevant to improving animal welfare around the world. One of these issue is the welfare of farm animals. Specifically, the following three types of concerns related to the welfare of farm animals are considered:
The protection of animals’ welfare needs during rearing, such as freedom of movement and freedom to express natural behaviours
The protection of animals’ welfare needs during transport
The protection of animals’ welfare needs at slaughter, including avoiding unnecessary suffering
In 2017, the USA produced the most beef and veal, and poultry in the world, whilst China produces the most Pork in the world.
In the 2014 Animal Protection Index, the USA was awarded a grade D and China an E for protecting animals used in farming.
Will the Animal Protection Index award either the USA or China with a higher grade than received in the 2014 index for protecting animals used in farming by the end 2022?
This question resolves positively if either the USA receives a grade C or above, or China receives a grade D or above, for the indicator "protecting animals used in farming" (or both). The relevant grades are those published in the second edition of the Animal Protection Index, planned to be released in early 2020. This question resolves ambiguously if the grades for China and the USA for the indicator "protecting animals used in farming" are not issued for any years until, and including 2022, before the end of 2023.
In case multiple versions of the Animal Protection Index are released by the end of 2022, this question resolves per the indicator grades of the first to be released.
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