If You're A Meat-Eater, You Will Eat Over 7,000 Animals In Your Life

by Chris Riotta

Meat lovers may feel a little queasy after hearing these numbers from the Vegetarian Calculator.

According to the organization, a carnivore will consume over 7,000 animals throughout his or her entire lifetime.

That's a whole lot of steak.

Daily Mail reports that the average person will eat 11 cows, 27 pigs, 2,400 chickens, 80 turkeys, 30 sheep and 4,500 fish by the time he or she turns 80.

That's basically the size of a farm, albeit one with a whole lot of chickens.

And that number doesn't even include all the other small animals you will eat in life. If you've ever been daring enough to try rabbits, prawns, geese, ducks or squid, for example, you can tack on an extra 500 animals to your list.

Those numbers may make a lot of good-hearted meat lovers' stomachs queasy. Not to mention, researchers say raising livestock contributes more to global warming than cars do.

But, in all honesty, I love eating meat. There's nothing like a good steak, and eating a salad without grilled chicken is just not an option.

I am a meat eater -- scratch that, a meat lover -- but that doesn't mean I'm anti-animals. I favor clean and proper conditions for livestock, but I'm also a firm believer in balance.

Eating right, whether you are a carnivore, vegetarian, vegan or whatever else, requires moderation. So, next time you're offered a second serving of meat, you may want to reconsider. Just think about the chicken you're saving.

Citations: Vegetarian Calculator (Vegetarian Calculator), You Will Eat More Than 7,000 Animals In Your Life (Mirror), Carnivores Eat Over 7,000 Animals In Their Life, (DailyMail)