New global index shows New Zealand a world leader in animal welfare
The Animal Protection Index, which ranks 50 countries across the world on their animal welfare standards, places New Zealand (along with the United Kingdom, Austria and Switzerland) in first place.
The Index is a breakthrough project by global charity, World Animal Protection, with the aim of improving the welfare of animals through policy and attitudinal change; and ultimately through enhanced legal protection.
Bridget Vercoe, Country Director at World Animal Protection in New Zealand, says:
“It is extremely pleasing to see New Zealand ranked up there with the highest index score. This is something we can all be very proud of.”
“Whilst this is great news for New Zealand, there are still improvements to be made in animal welfare. The Animal Welfare Act, which is currently under review, is a good example of how New Zealand is continuing to make positive change for animals. To stay at number one, it is vital we keep progressing in matters of animal welfare.”
“World Animal Protection looks forward to working with the Government to ensure New Zealand maintains its leadership position.”
For The Animal Protection Index countries were ranked according to a number of indicators. These indicators include:
The recognition of animal sentience (animals can feel pain and suffer); the presence of effective governance structures; implementation of animal protection policy; legislation and standards; provision of humane education and promotion of effective communication and awareness. Animals used in farming; animals in captivity; companion animals (pets); animals used for draught or recreational purposes; animals used in scientific research and wild animals are each considered separately.
The Animal Protection Index findings are presented on an interactive website where you can explore countries in detail and compare and contrast policy and legislation around the world.