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Werewolf Girl 01-16-2012 07:25 PM

HSUS just updated its annually-released USA slaughter totals, and the news is better than anyone could reasonably expect. In 2011, more than one billion fewer land animals were killed in the United States than in 2008. Weve dropped from 9.5 to 8.4 billion victims.
Higher meat prices, flexitarians, Meatless Mondays, and dramatically expanding vegetarian food options surely deserve a lot of the credit. Most of this change is surely being driven by the fact that tens of millions of Americans are now regularly eating vegetarian mealswhereas just five years ago they would have recoiled at the very idea. (Via Vegan Outreach.) Link.
Update: I misread the chart, and the 8.4 billion number is only through the end of November. That puts the likely year-end total at between 9.1 and 9.2 billion. While thats little changed from 2010, its still probably about 250 million fewer animals for the year than 2008. Also, given the growing US population, any year slaughter totals remain unchanged mean less killing per capita. (Thanks, Andrew, Eitan, Maren, & Yuri.)

This brightened up my Monday quite a bit

portlandia 01-16-2012 07:29 PM

That's good news. Yay!!!

Raven815 01-16-2012 07:31 PM

That makes me smile. We're definitely accomplishing something. Let's all keep steamrolling ahead.

Veggies unite!!!!!


sequoia 01-16-2012 08:12 PM

Snowcone 01-16-2012 09:55 PM

ferris91 01-17-2012 03:50 AM

Really good news. While searching for how many animals are out there ready to be slaughtered I actually found the numbers for the worldwide cattle population . The good news is, it has been decreasing (with a significant jump 2006 -> 2007 , was that cattle desease back then?) the last couple of years as well. Less cattle = less cattle to be killed = less global warming = good news as well!

Spang 01-17-2012 05:02 AM

I took the liberty of screen-capturing the chart from The Humane Society.


*Year to date through November
Source: USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service

Note: These data do not include statistics on the slaughter of fish, crustaceans, rabbits and other farmed animals for whom the USDA does not provide information, or on the slaughter of animals who are not farmed, such as equines. The USDA estimates that up to 2 million rabbits were slaughtered in 2001 in the United States. There is no more recent report than the 2002 Rabbit Industry Profile.

Puppet Master 01-17-2012 10:23 AM

That's really great to hear! I had heard or read somewhere that rabbit farming in the US seems to be declining somewhat, or at least the number of slaughter houses that kill them. I don't know if that's true at all, but I do hope so.

Bright Bird 01-17-2012 11:23 AM

Also, given the growing US population, any year slaughter totals remain unchanged mean less killing per capita.

That line alone would be enough to make me happy, but the fact that some of the numbers have actually decreased makes it even better.

rainforests1 01-22-2012 05:19 AM

This is great news. What about the number of fish? How has that been effected?

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