This number is even higher when you expand it to include more than just farm animals.
Below are the number of animals that have been killed since you opened this page:
These figures don’t even include marine animals,
which are much more difficult to quantify
(some estimates are in the trillions per year).
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On top of this, there is the issue of animals held in unnatural habitats and often abused for human entertainment in animal shows, aquariums, zoos, circuses, wildlife parks, dog fighting activities and more.
The bottom line is that animals are living creatures who want to live a happy life just as much as any human. No matter how they spend their time while they are alive (eating grass in a wide open pasture or penned up in mass feedlots), their end destination is the same - being killed so they can be consumed.
No matter what we tell ourselves, there is no "humane" way to kill another living being.
“Farm animals feel pleasure and sadness, excitement and resentment, depression, fear, and pain. They are far more aware and intelligent than we ever imagined…they are individuals in their own right.” — Jane Goodall
"Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it."
Below are statistics that are explained in more detail in the film. Visit the Cowspiracy website for more details and additional sources.
GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS
Livestock and their byproducts account for at least 32,000 million tons of
carbon dioxide (CO2) per year, or 51% of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions.
55% of water consumed in the U.S. is for animal agriculture
(vs. 5% of usage for private homes).
If you haven't yet done so, we encourage you to visit the other pages in the WNY22 Learning Center to understand the powerful health benefits of a plant-based whole foods lifestyle.
Check out the below resources to better understand the impact
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The WNY22 is a 22-day plan centered on plant-based whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes (beans, peas, lentils, etc.). It provides the information, resources, and support to guide you through the first steps into experiencing a plant-based lifestyle!