Shocking Statistics About Animal Exploitation


  • Industrial agriculture is the most significant driver of deforestation in tropical and subtropical countries, accounting for 80% over a 10-year period.
  • Every minute, an area of the Amazon rainforest the size of more than two football pitches is cut down.

Climate Change


Infectious Diseases

  • The SARS epidemic started in China, where the virus is believed to have passed from bats to civets at a wet market where they were confined and slaughtered for their flesh.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic likely started at a wet market in Wuhan, China, where civets, wolves, pangolins, and other animals were kept in squalid conditions to be killed and eaten.

Antimicrobial Resistance

Non-Communicable Diseases

  • According to the World Health Organization, red and processed meats are carcinogenic – that is, consuming them causes cancer.
  • Researchers in Finland found that eating a large amount of animal protein and a small amount of plant protein increases men’s risk of suffering from diabetes by 35%.
  • A Cornell University study found that eating just two servings of red or processed meat a day increases a person’s risk of developing cardiovascular disease by 3% to 7% and their risk of dying of any cause by 3%.