According to NPA, Britain is one of just four countries to be judged worthy of an 'A' rating in the Animal Protection Index published by the World Animal Protection organisation. The others are New Zealand, Switzerland and Austria.
World Animal Protection's overall rankings are based on a range of indicators relating not only to farm animals, but also to animals in captivity, pets and animals used in scientific research.
Narrowly behind the four world leaders is a second group that includes some of the European Union's largest meat-producing countries, including Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands, where animal welfare issues are increasingly given a high priority by governments.
Wednesday December 10, 2014/ NPA/ United Kingdom.