400 Million Less Farm Animals were Slaughtered in the U.S. in 2014 than in 2008

farm animalsIn a showing sign that Americans are slowing down their consumption of animals, data released by the Humane Society of the Untied States (HSUS) has found that there was 400 million less farm animals slaughtered in 2014 than in 2008.

Despite this large drop, the number of farm animals slaughtered in 2014 was still absurdly high, with a total of 9.1 billion (yes, with a b) animals killed, with a vast majority – 8.6 billion, or 98.8% – being chickens. This is down from 9.5 billion in 2008 and 2007 (with the number being 9.4 billion in 2006 and 2005).

In 1960, according to HSUS, there was 1.8 billion farm animals slaughtered, less than 20% of the total in 2014.

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