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July 29, 2020 - Faunalytics

Global Animal Slaughter Statistics & Charts: 2020 Update

Global Animal Slaughter Statistics & Charts: 2020 Update
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Almost two years ago, we published a series of blogs that documented how many animals are slaughtered for food every year based on United Nations data.

This blog offers an updated and improved version using the latest data, and includes two additional years worth of numbers. In terms of improvements, we’ve added a measure for fishes, we’ve introduced a new chart that helps to better visualize the data, and we’ve condensed all of the information into a single blog post, as opposed to a blog post per animal group.

The animal groups we focus on are cows, chickens, pigs, sheep, and fishes. The data for land animals is part of the FAOSTAT database from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. Meanwhile, the data for fishes was pulled from the database “Global Production by production source 1950-2018”, which can be found in FishStatJ, the software for fishery and aquaculture from the FAO.

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