Study: Meat Consumption on a Steady Decline in United States
By Nathan Runkle
As Americans are becoming more aware of farmed animal cruelty - and stomach-churning meat industry practices like using “pink slime" and "meat glue,” it’s no wonder the demand for meat is slowly sinking. According to a new study compiling data by the USDA, National Center for Health Statistics, United Nations, and the U.S. Census Bureau, the average meat eater consumed fewer land animals in 2011 than any year going back to 2000.
On the whole, Americans consumed about 56 million fewer land animals last year than in 2000. That’s 4 million fewer cows, 7.6 million pigs, 26.2 million chickens, 15.3 million turkeys, and 3.2 million ducks. Just from 2010, the average meat eater ate one fewer animal—a 4% decrease in one year. Meat consumption peaked in 2004, but has been on a decline ever since. Overall, the nationwide consumption of land animals dropped from 8.9 billion animals in 2005 to 8.2 billion in 2011.
While this drop in meat consumption is good news, the sad truth remains that billions of animals slaughtered for food continue to suffer intensive confinement, painful mutilations, brutal handling, and violent deaths. Visit ChooseVeg.com to find out how you can make a difference by switching to a cruelty-free, plant-based diet.
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