Countries Doing the Most to Protect Endangered Animals

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New Zealand
> Animal Protection Index grade: A

New Zealand gets its highest grades for its laws against causing animal suffering and for protecting animals used in farming, in captivity, companion animals, and animals used in research. Animal welfare is not taught in New Zealand schools. New Zealand has passed conservation acts to protect plant and wildlife, beginning with the 1934 Native Plants Protection Act.

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> Animal Protection Index grade: A

Austria received the highest possible score in formal recognition of animal sentience; laws against causing animal suffering; and protecting animals used in farming, scientific research, and as companion animals. In Austria, two species of mammals and three species of freshwater fish are considered to be critically endangered, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.