The Viva Vine: vol #5, no #2: September / October, 1996

C H I C K E N
S L A U G H T E R:

It comes to 21.5 million/day

Far more poultry are slaughtered every year in the United States (almost 8 billion)

than all other animals combined. And the numbers are on the rise.


Number slaughtered, in millions, on average, per day:


1963 1973 1983 1993 1995 1963-95
Cattle/calves 35.3 36.4 29.7 34.5 37.1 +5.1%
Hogs 83.3 76.8 87.6 93.1 96.3 +15.6%
Poultry 2,056.6 3.231.2 4,492.9 7,153.7 7,830.5 +280.8%
Sheep/lambs 16.1 9.8 6.8 5.3 4.6 -71.8%


Source: USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service

Research: Joan Zacharias


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