The United States has the dubious honor of being ranked #2 in the Voiceless Animal Cruelty Index, a global study that tracks animal welfare conditions in fifty countries based on farm animal products.
With 50 being the worst possible ranking, the U.S. came in 49th for its cruelty in both the production and consumption of animal products, noting the U.S. slaughters 28.4 land-based animals per person compared to the global average of 9.7 animals, with U.S. diets comprised of 61.1% land-based animal products compared to the global average of 35.2%
The U.S. did a little better, if you can call it that, with respect to animal protection, finding itself in 20th position with a grade of “D.” The grade takes into account such issues as animal well being, the recognition of sentience, animal protection laws, transportation and slaughter to name some of the categories.
What the report doesn’t cover is the fact that America’s meat addiction has led to numerous health problems including obesity, heart disease, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and a number of other serious illnesses directly related to excessive consumption of animal products.
Who was worst? Belarus. The least cruel? Kenya, India and Tanzania.