World’s Slave Population Exceeds Free Population for First Time

Animal enslavement—politely called “domestication” in anthropocentric literature—is estimated to have begun about 10,000 years ago.  Initially, the population of those animals who remained free vastly outnumbered that of those in slavery.

But in the modern era, that balance has shifted.  Thanks to a combination of massive increase of the enslaved population through concentration camps (so-called “factory farms”) and massive reduction of the free population through anthropogenic habitat destruction, the world’s slave population now exceeds its free population among mammals and birds, according to a new report published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The Guardian summarized the report in relevant part as follows:

The new work reveals that farmed poultry [sic] today makes up 70% of all birds on the planet, with just 30% being wild. The picture is even more stark for mammals – 60% of all mammals on Earth are livestock [sic], mostly [bovines] and pigs, 36% are human and just 4% are wild animals.

The article goes on to indicate that over 80% of the world’s mammals have already been wiped out by humans.

The Humane Party emerged in 2009 as the U.S.’s—and perhaps the world’s—first fully abolitionist political party.  The new report indicates the magnitude of the task of ending slavery.

Images from Pixabay, UnsplashWikimedia Commons and the Humane Party