Land Animals Who Died per American Carnivore 2012

In all, 8.0 billion land animals died to feed Americans in 2012.
Over a lifetime, this amounts to 2,062 land animals per meat eater.

That's nearly 1 fewer land animal per meat eater — a 3% drop.

  • This drop was mainly chickens, both for eggs and meat.
  • That's 195 million animals fewer than 2011.

Since peaking in 2004, US meat eaters eat 5 fewer land animals apiece — a 16% drop.

  • That's 923 million fewer than in 2005, in spite of a rising population.

US meat eaters killed fewer than 8 billion land animals for the first time since at least 2000.

  • Land animals slaughtered (which includes exports) fell below 9 billion for the first time since 2002.

The average meat eater caused the deaths of fewer land animals than any other year going back to at least 2000.

  • That’s fewer cows and fewer chickens than any year since at least 2000; deaths for pigs, turkeys, and ducks remain at near lows.

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What these numbers include

These numbers are not derived from slaughter figures (except for rabbits, included in the summary). They include deaths from all causes, including: disease, injury, culling, discarded male egg-type chickens, production of food that is discarded and not consumed, etc.
These numbers are global. They include deaths abroad for imported animal products, and exclude US deaths for exported animal products.
These numbers only include deaths after birth/hatching. Fetal deaths are not considered.
Land animal numbers are all based on US government statistics: U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, and the U.S. Census Bureau. The only exceptions are U.N. statistics on duck imports/exports, and independent polls of the numbers of vegetarians and vegans.

Calculated by Noam Mohr, May 2013,