I have been contemplating dietary changes for myself. Not to lose weight, but just for my health and also because I have been feeling very bad emotionally after eating too much meat in a day. So I thought I would look up on Google how many of each animal is killed every year for food for humans. As I've been thinking about slowly cutting out meat. Here's the stats that I found on Google in case you're curious too.
39 million cattle
Most female calves are placed in the dairy herd. When dairy production declines, the cows are slaughtered for beef. Each year, about 39 million cattle and calves are killed for food in the U.S.
121 million pigs
PETA estimates that 121 million pigs are killed for food in the U.S. every year. Around the world, more than 4 million pigs are killed for food every day.
9 billion chickens
In the United States, approximately 9 billion chickens are killed for their flesh each year, and 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.
Anywhere between 37 and 120 billion fish 🦈 are killed on commercial farms each year, with another trillion fish caught and killed in the wild. On factory farms, fish have almost no protections. Aquatic animal deaths are challenging to calculate since these lives are measured in tons. A very thorough analysis completed by Counting Animals estimated that 3.8 billion finned fish and 43.1 billion shellfish were killed to support the U.S. food supply in 2013.
I'm not sure I want to be a part of that anymore. It's hard though, I've found that eating meat is almost like an addiction to quit. It's really hard actually. At least for me it is. I find myself craving it, even if I get protein elsewhere. It's a work in progress, but something that I have been thinking about for some time.
I challenge you, see how long you can go without meat before you crave it like it were an addiction...