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2008 US Animals Killed 4 Food

United Poultry Concerns
22 October 2009

Average and Total Numbers of Animals
Who Died to Feed Americans in 2008
http://www.upc- online.org/ slaughter/ 2008americans. html

Chickens
Total number died for food: 8.13 billion
(7.67 billion for meat, 458 million for eggs)
Average number killed per American meat-eater: 27.5
(26 for meat, 1.5 for eggs)
Average number consumed per American lifetime: 2,147
(2,028 for meat, 120 for eggs)

Turkeys
Total number died for food: 269 million
Average number consumed per American meat-eater: 0.91
Average number consumed per American lifetime: 71

Pigs
Total number died for food: 117.6 million
Average number consumed per American meat-eater: 0.40
Average number consumed per American lifetime: 31

Steers and Calves
Total number died for food: 40.8 million
Average number consumed per American meat-eater: 0.14
Average number consumed per American lifetime: 10.8

Rabbits
Total number died for food: 2.4 million
Average number consumed per American meat-eater: 0.009
Average number consumed per American lifetime: 0.69

Fish
Total number died for food: 6.5 billion
Average number consumed per American meat-eater: 22
Average number consumed per American lifetime: 1,700

Shellfish
Total number died for food: 64 billion
Average number consumed per American meat-eater: 218
Average number consumed per American lifetime: 17,000

ALL LAND ANIMALS
Total number died for food: 8.56 billion
Average number consumed per American meat-eater: 29
Average number consumed per American lifetime: 2,261

ALL SEA ANIMALS
Total number died for food: 71 billion
Average number consumed per American meat-eater: 240
Average number consumed per American lifetime: 19,000

ALL ANIMALS
Total number died for food: 80 billion
Average number consumed per American meat-eater: 270
Average number consumed per American lifetime: 21,000

* Note: Totals may not add up because of independent rounding.

Comparisons by Year

The average meat-eater in 2008 ate 12 fewer animals than in 2007
(including 1.4 fewer land animals and 0.7 fewer fish), and 36 fewer than in
2006 (including 1.7 fewer land animals and 2.4 fewer fish). That's 3
billion fewer animals killed to feed Americans in 2008 than in 2007, and
about 9 billion fewer than in 2006, a three percent and ten percent
decrease respectively. That includes more than 300 million fewer land
animals in 2008 than in 2007 or 2006, a four percent decrease. This
decrease was consistent across categories, though greatest for cattle and
for chickens raised for meat; only egg-laying hens saw an increase in
deaths.

Total Number Died to Feed Americans (millions of animals)

Chickens Chickens Steers All Land All Sea All
for Meat for Eggs Turkeys Pigs &Calves Animals Fish Shellfish Animals Animals

2008 7,673 458.0 269.2 117.6 40.8 8,561 6,500 64,000 71,000 80,000
2007 8,024 435.4 274.2 118.4 43.5 8,898 6,700 67,000 73,000 82,000
2006 8,031 415.0 273.0 114.9 42.4 8,879 7,100 73,000 80,000 89,000

Average Number of Animals Consumed Per American Meat Eater

Chickens Chickens Steers All Land All Sea All
for Meat for Eggs Turkeys Pigs &Calves Animals Fish Shellfish Animals Animals
2008 26 1.53 0.91 0.40 0.14 28.95 22 218 240 269
2007 27 1.47 0.94 0.40 0.15 30.37 23 228 251 281
2006 28 1.42 0.94 0.40 0.15 30.60 24 251 275 306

Calculated by Noam Mohr,[mailto:noammohr@gmail. com], Aug 2009

References

- USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, "Livestock Slaughter
2008 Summary", Mt An 1-2 -1 (09), Mar 2009,
[http://usda. mannlib.cornell. edu/usda/ current/LiveSlau Su/LiveSlauSu- 03-06-2009. pdf],
p. 3.

- USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, "Production, Supply, and
Distribution Database", created 4/9/09,
[http://www.fas. usda.gov/ psdonline/ psdhome.aspx] (under Reports). From
USDA-FAS attache reports, official statistics, and results of office
research. 2008 data is preliminary

- USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service,
[http://www.nass. usda.gov/ QuickStats/ PullData_ US.jsp]

- U.S. Census Bureau, "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for
the United States, Regions, States, and Puerto Rico: April 1, 2000 to
July 1, 2008 (NST-EST2008- 01)",
[http://www.census. gov/popest/ states/NST- ann-est.html].

- National Center for Health Statistics, "Health, United States, 2008:
With Chartbook on Trends in the Health of Americans," Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services, DHHS Publication No. 2009-1232, Mar 2009,
[http://www.cdc. gov/nchs/ data/hus/ hus08.pdf].

- VRG survey that 2.8%�3.1% of Americans don't eat animals and
1.8%�3.1% are vegan. Source:
[http://www.vrg. org/journal/ vj2003issue3/ vj2003issue3poll .htm]

- USDA NASS, "Meat Animals Production, Disposition, and Income: 2008
Summary", Mt An 1-1 (09), May 2009,
[http://usda. mannlib.cornell. edu/usda/ current/MeatAnim Pr/MeatAnimPr- 05-29-2009. pdf]
(pigs: p.8-11)

- USDA APHIS Veterinary Service - National Animal Health Monitoring
System, "Swine 2006 - Part I: Reference of Swine Health and Management
Practices in the United States, 2006", Oct 2007,
[http://www.aphis. usda.gov/ vs/ceah/ncahs/ nahms/swine/ swine2006/ Swine2006_ Pt1.pdf]
(Preweaning deaths: of 10.5�.1 born alive per litter, 9.4�.1
(89.1%�.4%) survive to weaning)

- USDA National Agriculture Statistics Service Agricultural Statistics
Board, "Chicken and Eggs 2008 Summary", Pou 2-4(09), Feb 2009,
[http://usda. mannlib.cornell. edu/usda/ nass/ChickEgg/ /2000s/2009/ ChickEgg- 02-26-2009. pdf], p.4-5.

- USDA ERS, "Agricultural Outlook: Statistical Indicators", "Table
11--US Egg Supply and Use", data as of May 2009,
[http://www.ers. usda.gov/ publications/ agoutlook/ aotables/]. Data
preliminary.

- USDA National Agriculture Statistics Service, "Hatchery Production
2008 Summary", Agricultural Statistics Board, Pou 1-1-1 (09), May
2009,
[http://usda. mannlib.cornell. edu/usda/ current/HatcProd Su/HatcProdSu- 05-15-2009. pdf],
p.6,36,39.

- Noam Mohr, "Sea Animal Mortality for US Consumption 2008", 2009,
email [mailto:noammohr@gmail. com] for a copy.
13 USDA APHIA Veterinary Service, "U.S. Rabbit Industry Profile", June
2002, pp.8,18,
[http://www.aphis. usda.gov/ vs/ceah/cei/ bi/emergingmarke tcondition_ files/RabbitRepo rt1.pdf].
Middle of range of 1.9-2.3 million was used herein (2.1 million).

- USDA National Agriculture Statistics Service Agricultural
Statistics Board, "Poultry Slaughter 2008 Annual Summary", Pou
2-1(09), Feb 2009,
[http://usda. mannlib.cornell. edu/usda/ nass/PoulSlauSu/ /2000s/2009/ PoulSlauSu- 02-25-2009. pdf], p.2. (Egg-type are "mature light")

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