Making the important decision in life to go vegan can have huge positive implications such as health benefits, and environmental improvements, but most importantly, it protects and saves animals.
More than 70 billion farm animals are slaughtered each year, the vast majority of whom are kept under extraordinarily cruel conditions.
Around 9 billion land animals are killed each year in the U.S. alone to produce meat, dairy, and eggs. That’s about one million every hour. And when it comes to inflicting animal suffering, it turns out that the dairy and egg industries are every bit as objectionable as the meat industry.
A vegan diet cuts out this exploitation, and prevents your food budget from funding animal abuse and slaughter.
- Each year, 36 million cattle and calves are killed for food in the U.S.
- One dairy cow is slaughtered every 11 seconds in the U.S.
- One calf is separated every 3 seconds in the U.S.
- One bull calf is born every 6 seconds in the U.S.
(1 in 8 of those will be slaughtered for veal)
- Each year, 124 million pigs are killed for food in the U.S.
- More than 1.5 billion are killed globally – a number that has tripled in the last 50 years.
- Around the world, more than 4 million pigs are killed for food every day.
- More than 1 million pigs die en route to slaughter each year.
- Each year, 9 billion chickens are killed for food in the U.S.
- 305 million hens are used for their eggs. The vast majority of these animals spend their lives in total confinement—from the moment they hatch until the day they are killed.
- More chickens are raised and killed for food than all other land animals combined.
- 3/4 of the world’s fisheries are exploited or depleted.
- 90-100 million tons of fish are pulled from our oceans each year.
- As many as 2.7 trillion animals are pulled from the ocean each year.
- For every 1 pound of fish caught, up to 5 pounds of unintended marine species are caught and discarded as by-kill.
- As many as 40% (63 billion pounds) of fish caught globally every year are discarded.
- Scientists estimate as many as 650,000 whales, dolphins and seals are killed every year by fishing vessels.
- 40-50 million sharks killed in fishing lines and nets.