*psssst* This number only takes land animals into account. If you include the 100 billion fish and other sea creatures we consume each year then it would read: "We kill the same number of non human animals every 26 hours.
Well, I'm vegetarian (thinking vegan). And yes, I get th same question often. Actually, it's out f ethical responsibility but these days I add th climate reasoning. Difrent than ago, people seem better