Animal Kill Counter

The Animal Kill Counter was first made available by Barna Mink of, whom we would like to thank for introducing such a poignant piece of material.

The counter featured on this website has been modified from its original version to include more types of animals. The numbers are based off of 2003 statistics published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. It should be noted that at the time the numbers were compiled, they were the MINIMUM number of animals killed each year—the actual numbers may be significantly greater due to the fact that some countries or territories did not report or excluded some statistics.

Global Slaughter Statistics for 2003:
  • 45,895,000,000 (45.9 billion) chickens
  • 2,262,000,000 (2.3 billion) ducks
  • 1,244,000,000 (1.2 billion) pigs
  • 857,000,000 (857 million) rabbits
  • 691,000,000 (691 million) turkeys
  • 533,000,000 (533 million) geese
  • 515,000,000 (515 million) sheep
  • 345,000,000 (345 million) goats
  • 292,000,000 (292 million) cows and calves
  • 65,000,000 (65 million) other rodents
  • 63,000,000 (63 million) pigeons and other birds
  • 23,000,000 (23 million) buffaloes
  • 4,000,000 (4 million) horses
  • 3,000,000 (3 million) donkeys and mules
  • 2,000,000 (2 million) camels and other camelids
TOTAL: 52,794,000,000
United States: 9,116,248,000

The numbers only include land animals slaughtered for food for which records were taken. They do not include the billions of marine animals killed each year. They do not include the millions of animals killed in laboratories, fur farms, animal shelters, zoos, marine parks, or circuses. Nor do they include the animals killed by human negligence, blood sports, abuse, or extermination attempts.

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