Comparing countries in the index
How the comparison tool works
The comparison tool allows law and policy in different countries to be compared at a glance, and provides a useful snapshot of the position in each country in each of the areas assessed by the API. Country scores have been placed within bandings, where A represents the highest scores and G identifies countries with the most room for improvement.
Using the comparison tool
You can select up to four countries to compare using this tool. The comparison tool will then show the overall scores of the selected countries, together with their scores in each individual area assessed by the API. The individual report for each country gives more detailed information and explanation of the scores.

Selected Countries

The scores for your selected countries are shown below. For further information and detail explaining why a country has been awarded a particular score, select an individual country to view its full report. Follow the "Details" links for explanation of the criteria used to calculate scores in each area.

  • G
  • F
  • E
  • D
  • C
  • B
  • A

Recognising animal protection

Formal recognition of animal sentience
Support for the Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare
Laws against causing animal suffering
Protecting animals used in farming
Protecting animals in captivity
Protecting companion animals
Protecting animals used for draught and recreation
Protecting animals used in scientific research
Protecting the welfare of wild animals

Governance structures and systems

Government accountability for animal welfare

Animal welfare standards

Engagement with the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)
OIE animal welfare standards
Reporting on progress

Providing humane education

Education on animal care and protection

Promoting communication and awareness

Consultation with stakeholders