As many as 84 percent of self-professed vegetarians return to eating meat at some point in their life, according to a new study from researchers at the Humane Research Council. For the study the researchers collected date from 11,000 adults in the U.S.
They found that only about two percent of the entire group held off on eating any meat at all and 88 percent reported never choosing a vegetarian diet at all. And though the study specifically surveyed the consumption of red meat by former vegetarians, the researchers say the largest amount of meat consumed remains chicken.
"Chicken is the most common type of meat consumed by former vegetarians/vegans," the study group reported. "Reducing and eliminating chicken consumption will have the greatest impact on the number of farmed animals' lives saved."