Is the public's taste for animal flesh declining? New figures from the meat industry provide solid evidence that the popularity of so-called "red" meat has fallen over the past year—an encouraging sign for those of us who are working to end the cruel exploitation of animals in the food industry.
- Number of cows slaughtered last month: 2.36 million, an 8 percent decline
- Number of veal calves slaughtered last month: 59,600, a 1 percent decline
- Number of pigs slaughtered last month: 8.59 million, a 5 percent decline
- Number of sheep slaughtered last month: 161,700, a 2 percent decline
Of course, the sheer number of individual animals killed unnecessarily for food is still tragic. But the downward trend is encouraging.
A year ago, pork producers were reporting "positive margins" of $13.54 per animal. A month ago, profits had turned to losses, as pork producers were losing $17.70 per animal. And just last week, the latest figures saw losses swell to $37.00 per animal. Given these steep losses, analysts suggest that pork producers may consider reducing production even further.
Each plant-based meal sends a message and makes a real difference, putting less money in meat producers' pockets and fewer animals on the slaughter line, as these numbers attest. So pass the veggie bacon—let's keep the trend going.