The Numbers

We consume the carcasses of creatures of like appetites, passions and organs as our own, and fill the slaughterhouses daily with screams of pain and fear ~ Robert Louis Stevenson – Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer.

The Numbers


Australia is now the highest consumer per capita of meat (beef, pork, chicken and lamb) in the world. In 2014 this figure was at 90 kg per person. Pork and Chicken consumption are the fastest growing and beef and lamb are on the decline1. Read more about the rate of consumption of meat here.

Factory farming represents the majority of meat products consumed around the world including Australia. The prevalence of factory farming is increasing as the demand for meat grows. In the USA, the amount of meat produced in factory farms has now reached 99%2.

To meet the current demand worldwide, approximately 60 – 70 billion land animals are bred and slaughtered every year . The number of fish and other sea creatures is harder to report accurately as the catch is recorded in tons of fish, and millions of other sea creatures are killed and thrown back (bykill)2To learn more about by-catch click here.

In terms of numbers of individuals involved, this is by far the biggest social justice issue in human history.

Animals killed for food since you opened this page
0 marine animals
0 chickens
0 ducks
0 pigs
0 rabbits
0 turkeys
0 geese
0 sheep
0 goats
0 cows and calves
0 rodents
0 pigeons and other birds
0 buffaloes
0 dogs
0 cats
0 horses
0 donkeys and mules
0 camels and other camelids

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[1] Sustainable Table. 2013. Meet your meat. [ONLINE] Available at:

[2] A Well Fed World. Reverse the ‘livestock revolution’. [ONLINE] Available at: