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Vegans Save 198 Animals a Year

Written by PETA | December 13, 2010

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The average meat eater eats 
a half a pig a year.

We have some good news and some bad news. First, the good news: The total number of land animals killed and eaten by Americans decreased by 300 million between 2008 and 2009 and by 600 million between 2006 and 2009. Americans also ate 500 million fewer fish in 2009 than in 2008.

The bad news is that Americans are eating more shellfish—the average American ate about five more crabs, lobsters, shrimp, and oysters, than in 2008.

These figures come courtesy of PETA member and mathematician extraordinaire Noam Mohr, who has studied government and industry figures and compiled a report on the number of animals served up on American tables. You can read his entire report here.

Based on these figures, Noam calculated that each year the average person consumes:

Since vegans eat no animals, each vegan saves nearly 200 animals per year. Of course, these are animals who won’t be torn out of their ocean homes or confined to cramped, filthy barns, cages, and pens before being hung upside down on the slaughter line and having their throats cut. Yay, vegans!

So the next time someone asks you why you’re a vegetarian, tell him or her that you have about 200 really good reasons.

Written by Alisa Mullins

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  • Ayla says:

    I would be happy knowing we saved one animal so this is amazing :)

  • Natasha says:

    I’m proud. I don’t care if that sounds arrogant to some people, I’m proud of all of us veggies and vegans :D

  • Esat Yilmaz says:

    I have been a vegetarian for over 20 years and vegan for a year. I feel great that I saved 4000 animals. They are my gift to the consciousness.

  • Bratman says:

    Trystan “Additionally, if the demand drops low enough, the numbers of “saved animals” turns into a quantity of animals that were simply never born.” An animal not born into factory house slavery and therefor not overbred is an animal saved.

  • Roger Emerick says:

    The report says 7.82 billion chickens. I wonder if the chicken# includes those male ‘layer’ chicks that are killed right after birth. Probably not, as the estimate was for “food”.

  • itschristinae says:

    @kirsten You are a heartless person, who agrees with slaughtering animals for your own selfish pleasure.

  • kirsten says:

    umm I’m just going to say something real fast…shellfish really? i DO eat meat and all and yeah if i raised a cow and ate it i might be a little sad if i knew it suffernd as it died, and i cried when MY chicken got killed my a dog. but shellfish? is that even really an animal? it is more like a meat plant. how can a person feel bad about eating clam chowder on a side note I’m suprised on how little meat a normal person eats. 1/10 of a cow? half a pig? 26 chickens is kinda a lot…but they taste soooo goood

  • Kristin says:

    I disagree with what people are saying on here about it not actually saving animals. If the number of animals eaten declines, the factory farms will produce less meat because there is less demand for it. Then slowly, over time, as production goes down, less animals are slaughtered. Every person really does make a difference!

  • Teresa Echeverría says:

    Necesitamos ser más conscientes y amorosos con respecto a otros seres. Ojalá practiquemos el vegetarianismo, aunque sea de vez en vez… Thanks a lot PETA.

  • Alex says:

    I’ve been a vegetarian for about three months now and it has to be the best decision I’ve ever made. This info makes me so happy that I’ve chosen a meatless path in life. Thank you, PETA!

  • Trystan says:

    There is one crucial point that is always lost in these calculations. Supply and demand. If the supply goes up and the demand goes down, that means a mean shift in the price of meat, not an alteration to the actual meat consumed. The typical consumer will purchase their food on a basis of quantity for price. If the price goes down, the quantity goes up. So in the end, the amount of meat actually consumed stays the same, while the price goes down, and it just means meat eaters get to buy more meat. No cows, no chickens, and certainly no pigs are “saved” as one would expect. Additionally, if the demand drops low enough, the numbers of “saved animals” turns into a quantity of animals that were simply never born. Since the farmer would be unable to sell as much meat, his supply would dwindle and he would not have his cattle reproduce the same amount. Our economy will ensure that all those tasty animals are still eaten.

  • Alexkissanimals:) says:

    This is great news!!! (:

  • Amara Antara says:

    Live and let live and let nature takes its course and not ignorant humans dictate a species future.

  • Chris says:

    While I agree with the underlying message, I’ve come to the realization that if you simply do not kill something doesn’t necessarily mean “saving” it. Don’t get me wrong, I am a vegan of several years now, and don’t foresee that changing, but unless you’re actively removing animals from the threatening situation, I would not count it as saving a life.

  • Carl says:

    Don’t forget all the animals that are tested on, and all the animal based products people use in their day to day lives, those are even MORE animals saved by being Vegan!

  • Aneliese says:

    Good to know! It changes from 97, to 99, and now 185!

  • Chrissy says:

    I have been vegetarian for going on 23 years now. I love that you figured out these stats, it really breaks it down. My only concern is that even with those of us who don’t eat the meat, how much of it is thrown out or spoils? I guess regardless of the fact that I won’t eat any animal, I still feel my efforts do not help much because those animals will be mis-treated and killed anyways and whatever isn’t purchased will be thrown out. At any rate it is good to see the stats

  • yogi says:

    @Alisa can u provide the figure on these things 1:- no of confirmed VEGAN’s 2:- no of partial vegetarians (who only eat of thanksgiving…)

  • loveallbeings says:

    I’ve eaten no animals for 14 years and loved every animal i have ever met.

  • Melissa says:

    Awesome sats, thanks PETA for figuring these out!! I wonder if there’s a way to add in the number of animals we save by not wearing animals as well?

  • jeffro says:

    and, correct me if I’m wrong, those numbers only include the animals that are actually consumed, not the massive collateral damage caused by commercial fishing methods

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