Faunalytics has produced an update to their Global Animal Slaughter Statistics and Charts, which now includes numbers from 2019 and 2020 and documents how many animals are slaughtered for food every year based on United Nations FAO data.
Globally, animal slaughter is outpacing population growth. Pig and sheep slaughter is trending upward, cow slaughter is trending downward, and chicken slaughter for 2020 was down by 2 billion from 2019 but still trending upward overall compared to every year before 2018. Fish slaughter is more volatile, but looks like it could be plateauing.
For animal advocates looking to direct their attention and resources more effectively, the statistics and charts in this valuable visual resource offer a helpful picture of how many animals have been consumed and how consumption has changed over the past 60 years.