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The Number of Chickens in the World Means They Outnumber Humans 3.5 to 1

From Björn Ólafsson, SentientMedia.org
March 2024

Why eating chicken is not more ethical than eating beef.

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Most people don’t know that over a million chickens are killed every hour in the United States. Due to the growing popularity of their meat, chickens have been selectively bred for decades to grow faster and fatter than ever before, leading to significant animal welfare problems.

And, because they are still small animals compared to cows and pigs, they are killed in numbers far beyond any other farmed land animal. Most of the billions of chickens alive in the world at any given time will only live a few weeks before being slaughtered.

The massive number of chickens being killed — 20 million chickens per day globally — can make it difficult to think of chickens as individuals. Yet, despite stereotypes, chickens are highly communicative and enjoy playing with each other to pass the time. Unfortunately, they rarely get those opportunities in factory farming.

Please read the ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE, including:

  • How Many Chickens There Are in the World
  • How Many Chickens Are Killed Each Year in the Entire World
  • How Many Pet Chickens There Are in the U.S.
  • How Many Chickens Are Killed Each Year in the U.S.
  • Which U.S. State Has the Most Chickens?
  • Who Are the Biggest Poultry Producers?
  • U.S. Per Capita Egg and Chicken Consumption
  • How Many Breeds of Chickens Are There in the World?
  • Are There Wild Chickens in the World?
  • Is Eating Chicken Better for the Environment?
  • Is Eating Chicken or Beef More Ethical?

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