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Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society, Inc.
38 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, New York 12572 USA -  845-876-2626
Vegetarian - Vegan - Animal Rights - Health - Nutrition - Environment

The mission of the Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society, Inc. is to promote the vegetarian ethic in the Mid-Hudson (New York) region, educate the community and aid anyone in the pursuit of a totally vegetarian (vegan) cruelty-free and healthful lifestyle.


Fall 2001 Issue

News Briefs

USDA figures on animals killed in 2000

Excluding fish and other sea animals such as lobsters and shrimp, the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service reported in August that 9,713 million animals were killed for food in the US in 2000.

This includes:

41.7 million cattle and calves,
115.2 million pigs,
4.3 million sheep and lambs,
8,792 million ‘broiler’chickens,
429.7 million laying hens,
304 million turkeys, and
26.1 million ducks.

The total number is expected to rise by 1.9% to 9,906 in 2001.

In addition to the 8,856 million animals reported in USDA-2000 slaughter reports, another 857 million (8.8% of the total) suffered lingering deaths from disease, malnutrition, injury, or suffocation, associated with today’s factory farming practices. The number of ‘other’ or non-slaughter deaths, was estimated on the basis of hatchery reports and interviews with agricultural experts.

Please contact Lucy Goodrum at FARM with any questions regarding the above figures. 1-888-FARMUSA.

Return to Fall 2001 Newsletter

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