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All-Encompassing Study Reveals Decline in Meat Consumption

Research shows that the number of animals being killed for food in America has waned since the year 2000.


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Mercy For Animals reports that Americans are actually eating less meat than they did a decade ago, based on a new study that compiles information from the US Department of Agriculture, National Center for Health Statistics, United Nations, and US Census Bureau. By analyzing numbers from these organizations, researchers determined that the number of land animals destined for consumption by Americans decreased from 8.4 billion to 8.2 billion between 2010 and 2011, down even further from 8.9 billion in 2005 and equating 725 million animals who may have been saved from reaching diners’ plates. While this statistic marks only a relatively small reduction, it may reflect a larger trend of Americans steering away from meat in coming years.

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