Animals in British Farming

How many animals are killed in the UK each year?

1.2 Billion

Information sourced from UK Government.

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Each year just over 1.2 billion animals are killed by the meat, dairy and egg industries in the United Kingdom. Chickens and other poultry account for a majority of this figure, with most of the remainder being pigs and cows.

The most common slaughter method in use is a gas chamber which how a majority of chickens, ducks and pigs are killed.