FAOSTAT, the publicly-available statistical database of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has recently been redesigned to make compiling data on livestock and other food-related issues more user-friendly (http://faostat.fao.org/). The statistics below provide a look into the growth in livestock numbers over the last half century in Brazil, China, India, the USA, and the World as a whole. Today, there are roughly 60 billion land animals involved in livestock – the overwhelming majority of which are chickens. This number is likely to grow dramatically in the coming decades, exacerbating the current problems associated with livestock. Mitigating the damage caused by animal agriculture demands both that livestock practices be reformed and that the world consumption of meat, eggs, and dairy decrease.
*No your eyesight has not gone bad; this table is a blurry screenshot