In all, 63 billion animals died to feed the US population of 313,914,040 in 2011. Of those, 32 billion animals were slaughtered for food in the US. As a general trend for 2011, increasing exports have made up for decreases in domestic consumption.
The figure of animals slaughtered in the US comprises only a portion of those that died here, as many do not reach the slaughterhouse. The figure does not include animals slaughtered abroad and then shipped to the US, but does include animals slaughtered here for sale abroad. Nevertheless, they provide a picture of the slaughter industry in this country. Following is a breakdown of 2011 slaughter statistics per species:
- 35,115,000 cattle
- 8,537,060,000 chickens
- 24,472,000 ducks
- 110,956,800 pigs
- 246,844,000 turkeys
- 9.6 billion fish
- 13 billion shellfish
Source: Animal Death Count
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