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How many countries will be awarded a B or better for farm animal welfare protection by to the Animal Protection Index by end of 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”.[1]

The 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 factors of welfare of farm animals:

  • Protection of animals’ welfare needs during rearing, such as freedom of movement and freedom to express natural behaviours

  • Protection of animals’ welfare needs during transport

  • Protection of animals’ welfare needs at slaughter, including avoiding unnecessary suffering

This 2014 publication of the Animal Protection Index provides ratings for 50 countries. These countries were selected using statistics published by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations in their Statistical Yearbook for World and Agriculture 2012, from the countries which are the largest producers of beef, poultry, pork, sheep and goat, milk and eggs.

In the 2014 publication of the Animal Protection Index, for the indicator "Protecting animals used in farming" 9 countries were awarded an A (these were: Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, UK, Argentina, Chile, New Zealand), and 7 were awarded a B (these were: Poland, Romania, France, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Mexico). This makes for a total of 16 countries awarded a B or better in 2014.

How many countries will be awarded a B or better for farm animal welfare protection by to the Animal Protection Index by end of 2022?


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This question resolves as the number of countries that are listed with B or A grades on the indicator for "protecting animals used in farming" in the next update of WAP's index, currently planned to be released in early 2020. This question resolves ambiguously if any of the following cases:

  • the second edition's indicator grades for "protecting animals used in farming" are not issued for any year up to and including 2022 before the end of 2024;

  • the indicator grades in the next edition of the index for "protecting animals used in farming" is not issued for at least 80% of countries considered in the 2014 index release;

  • two or more countries that were awarded a B or A grade in the 2014 index release are not issued a grade for "protecting animals used in farming" in the next index release.

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