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Animals Per Calorie

Let's start off with the simplest measure: calories per animal [show]:

Foodkcal/animal
Milk51,100,000
Beef391,020
Pork187,200
Eggs39,220
Chicken589

Salmon≈10,715
Blue Crab75

If you think that the problem with eating animals is the fact that they suffer beforehand, then you are probably more interested with the suffering per year "title": "Age of animals slaughtered":

Foodkcal/day lived
Milk34,976
Pork1,118
Beef714
Eggs72
Chicken14

If, on the other hand, you think the problem is the fact that we are cutting animals' lives short, then you probably care more about the calories per day-of-life lost:

Foodkcal/day lost
Milk10,363
Beef67
Pork49
Eggs16.5
Chicken0.2

Of course, difficult questions still remain. Which of these animals deserve moral weight. Alternatively, how much moral weight do each of these animals deserve? Are these animals living in equally bad conditions?

These are not negligible questions. For instance, a naive approach of valuing animals proportional to the mass of their brains would cause a cow to be valued 111 times as much as a chicken per day "author": "Reflective Disequilibrium" - moving eggs directly below milk in our three tables. You may want to use neuron counts instead, but then the African Elephant beats out humans; if you switch to counting neurons in the cerebral cortex, then the long-finned pilot whale beats us out "title": "List of animals by number of neurons" - neither of these seem intuitive to me, but that may just be my human-bias speaking.

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