Here are the total number of animals slaughtered in Canada in 2015 by species:
Meat chickens: 660,959,987
Egg-layer hens: 36,526,578
Ducks and geese: 5,989,919
Adult cows: 2,672,806
Sheeps and lambs: 557,851
These numbers don’t include:
- More than 90 million tonnes of fin fishes like salmons (they are only counted by weight) killed in Canadian fish farms.
- Tens of millions of male chicks killed at birth in the egg industry.
- Millions of animals who died of disease or injuries on farms or en route to slaughter.
- Thousands of deers, elks, and wild boars killed in Canadian slaughterhouses for which 2015 data is not available.
Photo: Louise Jorgensen, taken outside a chicken slaughterhouse in Toronto.