Over 819 Million Land Animals Slaughtered by Canadian Meat Industry in 2018

Government slaughter reports analyzed by Animal Justice show that the Canadian meat industry is slaughtering more animals for food than ever before. A record-breaking 819 million land animals were killed in Canadian slaughterhouses in 2018—up from 800 million in 2017, 771 million in 2016, and 750 million in 2015. Most of the increase is because more and more chickens are being killed for meat, due to population growth, and a steady rise in per capita consumption of chickens.

Here are the numbers broken down by sector:

Meat chickens: 729,971,245 Egg-laying hens and breeding chickens: 36,346,982 Turkeys: 20,209,527 Ducks and geese: 6,843,925 Pigs: 21,369,399 Adult cows (dairy and meat): 3,151,210 Calves: 236,049 Sheeps and lambs: 522,528 Goats: 77,942

TOTAL: 818,728,807

But these numbers don’t paint the full picture. At least 41,282,000 chicks at were killed at hatcheries in 2018, most of them male chicks who were ground up alive because the…

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