70 billion animals killed for food

70 Billion Animals Killed for Food Each Year

70 billion. That’s how many land animals are raised and killed every year by the meat and dairy industry. That’s ten times more animals than there are humans on Earth. To put it another way, that’s 2,220 animals killed every second. And that doesn’t include the sea animals we kill every year (which is probably 1-3 trillion).

How They Feel

The animals we eat are sentient beings. That means they feel pain, stress, sadness, and fear. They think. They love. They feel. Just like our companion animals. Just like our children. And just like us. And we unequivocally know that the animals we eat live a life of physical pain and mental anguish. And they die in equally horrific ways.

Big Business

Long gone are the days when farmed animals roamed free and nibbled on grass in the field. The factory farm of today – which is where 99% of our meat and dairy comes from – confines and inhumanely slaughters the animals that end up on our plates. This is big, big business, and it puts traditional farmers out of business. It’s an industry designed to maximize profit by squeezing what we can out of animals.

Dairy, for Example

In the dairy industry, gentle mama cows are put on a rape rack (industry term) to impregnate them, their babies are taken away as they both cry out for each other, and the male babies are often horrifically tortured and killed in the veal industry, while the female babies are forced into a life just like their mama’s. They are generally chained to stalls all day and hooked up to painful milking machines for most of their life. Because she is so spent after just a few years, gentle mama is finally killed, often pregnant when slaughtered, and her body is ground into low-grade hamburger.

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Vegan for the Animals

You could fill an encyclopedia with accounts of industry-sanctioned horrific acts of cruelty that occur in the meat and dairy business. Like baby pigs who have their tails cut off without anesthetic. Or male chicks who are ground up while alive in the egg business.

Big Ag is constantly seeking more “efficient” ways to raise and kill animals. Brutality and cruelty is industry standard because it generally means more profit. When we buy meat and dairy, we pay for someone to do this to animals.

Simply google “farmed animal cruelty” for everything you need to know.

“When I see bacon, I see a pig, I see a little friend, and that’s why I can’t eat it. Simple as that.”

Paul McCartney

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

Mahatma Gandhi

“It takes nothing away from a human to be kind to an animal.”

Joaquin Phoenix