Slaughter reports from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada show we killed over 800,756,236 land animals for food in 2017—up from 771 million in 2016 and 750 million in 2015. The growth is mostly because more chickens are being killed for meat. This is in part due to population growth, but per capita consumption of chickens (including chickens eaten and lost to food waste) is also steadily rising.
Here are the numbers broken down by sector:
Meat chickens: 711,459,823 Egg-laying hens and breeding chickens: 36,580,473 Turkeys: 20,248,949 Ducks and geese: 6,428,062 Pigs: 20,728,785 (federally) 864,871 (provincially) Adult cows (dairy and meat): 2,831,766 (federally) 151,484 (provincially) Calves: 199,409 (federally) 36,640 (provincially) Sheeps and lambs: 170,576 (federally) 371,516 (provincially) Goats: 68,709 Bisons: 9,369 (federally) 1,517 (provincially) Rabbits: 604,287
But these numbers don’t paint the full picture. The government concealed…