The total number of land animals killed for food in the U.S. in 2008 was down 0.6% from 2007, at 10,279 million, despite a 1% increase in U.S. population.*
The 10,279 million land animals killed for food in the U.S. in 2008 includes both 9,527 million animals slaughtered as well as an additional 752 million animals, or 7.3%, who died lingering deaths from disease, injury, starvation, suffocation, maceration, or other atrocities of factory farming and animal transport.
In more personal terms, an average American is responsible for the suffering and death of 34 land animals per year or in excess of 2,500 over a 75 year lifespan.
None of these figures include aquatic animals, whose deaths are not reported. These numbers are vastly exceed those for land animals.
* According to data extrapolated from the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA/NASS) and Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA/FAS).