Facts & Statistics
The staggering details and data, with regards to our use of animals, are so staggering that it would be at odds with our own proclivities not to consider the impacts of our appetites, vanity, and indulgences by maintaining the status quo of animal exploitation. In a tragic stroke of irony, the mainstream societal perspective considers veganism to be an extremist ideology. Perhaps, we can reevaluate that notion here.
❁ 56 billion land animals are raised and slaughtered worldwide for human consumption every year. This figure does not include animals that are hunted or from unregulated backyard operations, and the number of animals used for consumption is expected to double by 2050.
❁ Factory farms and processing plants cover over one-third of the planet’s total surface area and use more than two-thirds of its agricultural land, inhabiting nearly every country.
❁ Animal agriculture is responsible for creating 51% of all human-caused greenhouse gas emissions.
❁ Over 40 million animals are killed each year for fur fashion.
❁ On average, 40 to 60 mink must be killed to produce just one mink coat.
❁ In the United States, animal shelters must euthanize 3 to 4 million dogs and cats each year due to low adoption rates, a lack of spaying and neutering, and the continuing business of puppy mills and breeders.
❁ Four species of animals become extinct every hour.
❁ Approximately 1 billion rabbits are killed each year for their fur, which is used in clothing, as lures in fly-fishing, and for trim on craft items.
❁ Each year, over 115 million animals are used and killed in laboratory experimentation, many of which are for the purposes of testing household products and makeup.
❁ As a standard practice, fur farmers employ suffocation, gassing, anal electrocution, and poisoning to kill the animals because it is a cost effective method that does not compromise the integrity of the animal’s fur.
❁ During calf-roping events in rodeos, a calf may reach a running speed of 27 miles per hour before being jerked by the neck to an abrupt stop by a lasso. This event has resulted in punctured lungs, internal hemorrhaging, paralysis, and broken necks.
❁ 95% of the 300 million egg laying hens used in the United States are confined for a lifetime in “battery cages”, three to ten per cage, in an area that only measures 59 square inches per bird (approximately half the size of a sheet of paper).
❁ Factory farmed animals produce about 130 times more excrement than the entire human population.
❁ 16 pounds of grain and over 2,500 gallons of water are required to result in just 1 pound of beef.
❁ Approximately 800 horses die each year from fatal injuries while being used for races and approximately 3,566 sustain severe injuries.
❁ Because chickens and turkey have been genetically manipulated to meet the tastes of consumers and prove more profitable for agribusiness, most of these birds are too heavy to walk, suffer from congestive heart failure, and 30% of them reach the point of slaughter with broken bones and skeletal fractures.
❁ Each year in the United States, 200 million animals are killed in hunting expeditions.
❁ The FAO estimates that 70% of the world's fish species are either fully exploited or depleted.
❁ Egg farmers, in an effort to maximize production efficiency and profits, often use a technique called "forced molting" in which hens are starved for up to 12 days in order to stress their bodies into another egg laying cycle.
❁ Tigers and lions have around 18,000 times less space in zoos than they would if they were left to live in the wild.
❁ According to the USDA, over 80% of all antibiotics used in the United States are consumed by livestock animals which is a widespread human health concern as this significantly increases the probability in the emergence of antibiotic-resistant organisms and mutations.
❁ Genetic manipulation, antibiotics, and hormones are used to increase a cow’s natural milk production of 16 pounds per day to approximately 50 pounds per day.
❁ Every major circus that uses animals has been cited for violating the minimal standards of care set forth in the United States Animal Welfare Act (AWA).
❁ The greyhound racing industry breeds approximately 50,000 puppies each year. Of these animals, only 15,000 make it to the racetrack and the rest are sold to research facilities, destroyed, or shipped off to animal shelters.
❁ At least 40,000 sea turtles are killed annually in shrimp trawls.
❁ Each year in the United States, approximately 100,000 horses are shipped to Canada and Mexico to be slaughtered for consumption.
❁ Each year, 10 million animals are trapped in the wild, using leg-hold traps and wire snares, for their fur. Approximately 25% to 40% of these animals will attempt to chew their own limbs off in an effort to escape the pain and regain their freedom.
❁ Each year in the United Sates, 50 million male piglets are castrated, usually without the use of anesthesia or analgesia, to avoid what consumers deem to be an undesired flavor that comes from intact animals.
❁ The American Dietetic Association considers well-planned vegan diets “appropriate for all stages of the life cycle”, including pregnancy and lactation.