0 marine animals
0 cows and calves
0 rodents (excluding rabbits)
0 pigeons and other birds
0 horses, donkeys, mules, camelids
These are the numbers of animals killed worldwide by the meat, egg, and dairy industries since you opened this webpage. These numbers do NOT include the many millions of animals killed each year in vivisection laboratories. They do NOT include the millions of dogs and cats killed in animal shelters every year. They do NOT include the animals who died while held captive in the animal-slavery enterprises of circuses, rodeos, zoos, and marine parks. They do NOT include the animals killed while pressed into such blood sports as bullfighting, cockfighting, dogfighting, and bear-baiting, nor do they include horses and greyhounds who were exterminated after they were no longer deemed suitable for racing.
Data for the Kill Counter are based on worldwide animal slaughter statistics culled from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations for the year 2003. According to these statistics, about 53 billion land animals are slaughtered annually worldwide. (It should be noted that at the time the numbers were compiled, they were the minimum numbers of animals killed each year. The actual numbers may be significantly greater insofar as some countries or territories either did not report, or deliberately excluded, some statistics.) Of the more than 200 countries researched, the top three—the United States, China, and Brazil—consume a staggering 46 percent of these animals as food. The United States alone consumes roughly 20 percent of all animals slaughtered for food even though it contains less than five percent of the world's population.
It's important to note that, since most of the available data are now eight years old as of 2011, these estimates are extremely conservative. It is now quite likely that in many of the categories noted, the current kill rates are as much as 10 percent higher than what is indicated here.
Estimating Slaughter of Marine Animals
Most animal-rights organizations will shun entirely the matter of quantifying marine-animal slaughter. That's because, in truth, it's impossible to predict with much precision how many marine animals are killed annually for food. To begin with, the world's fisheries record their catches in terms of metric tons, not the numbers of individuals that animal-rights groups are concerned about. Therefore, numbers of individuals must be projected from gross catch weights (and, where fish are farmed instead, gross production weights) divided by what are estimated to be average weights of the various species of marine animal called into question. But these are all moving targets at best.
Even the world's gross production and capture, measured in millions of metric tons, varies from year to year with changes in oceanic and environmental circumstances, and changes in local and global economies. These factors affect not only gross weights, but also the composition of catches, which also varies as one moves from country to country. When we add to the equation the staggering variety of marine animals fished and farmed for food, from the largest whales to the tiniest shrimp, we find that one cannot hope to calculate worldwide marine animal slaughter beyond a single significant digit of accuracy—an "order-of-magnitude" calculation which in this case amounts to the nearest tens of billions of individuals.
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WHERE IS HUNGER THE WORST?
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HECTARES LOST PER YEAR
|SQUARE MILES OF MATURE FOREST THAT ORIGINALLY COVERED THE PLANET (PRE 1947)||5.9 million|
|SQUARE MILES OF MATURE FOREST THAT HAVE BEEN CUT DOWN||3 million|
|TOP 10 MOST ENDANGERED FORESTS||REGION||REMAINING HABITAT|
|5||Atlantic Forest||South America||8%|
|6||Mountains of Southwest China||Asia-Pacific||8%|
|7||California Floristic Province||North America||10%|
|8||Coastal Forests of Eastern Africa||Africa||10%|
|9||Madagascar & Indian Ocean Islands||Africa||10%|
|COUNTRIES WITH HIGHEST DEFORESTATION OF NATURAL FORESTS 2000-2005||HECTARES LOST PER YEAR|
|5||Papua New Guinea||-250,200|
|7||United States of America||-215,200|
|COUNTRIES WITH THE MOST FOREST COVER||HECTARES OF FOREST|
|4||United States of America||303,089,000|
|7||Democratic Republic of the Congo||133,610,000|
|16||Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)||47,713,000|
|18||United Republic of Tanzania||35,257,000|
Source: Statistic Brain