Monday, January 16, 2012

Hundreds of Millions Every Year

In 2009, 2010, and 2011, hundreds of millions fewer land animals were raised and slaughtered for food in the U.S. than at the peak in 2008.

Adding up the decline for 2009, 2010, and 2011, compared to 2008, 1.1 billion fewer animals were killed than if 2008 levels had continued.

Edited at 4:09pm: Andrew and Eitan point out that the 8.4 billion number referenced in the earlier version of this post is through November, meaning the decline is hundreds of millions per year (not a billion in a single year, but over 3 years); further decline is projected for 2012.