Cultural habits, tastes and animal farming methods differ widely around the globe, so it would be a tall order to cover the huge subject of animals for consumption in a few short paragraphs. The following figures are just a small snapshot of how many animals are used in the farming industry to provide meat to an ever-increasing worldwide population. The figures do not include the number of animals that are killed by the dairy and egg industries.
FOR THE PLANET
According to a study by Researchers at Oxford University, adopting a vegan diet could be the single most important factor in reducing our environmental impact on the planet. Researchers at the University of Oxford found that cutting meat and dairy products from our diet could reduce an individual’s carbon footprint from food by up to 73 per cent.
Eating meat, dairy, and eggs does not just harm animals and the environment – it can also have an adverse impact on our health. According to the World Health Organisation (i) processed meat is classified as a cause of cancer. Research has also shown that consuming meat, milk and eggs could be as detrimental to our health as smoking is (ii).