What is the Army of the Stomach? Every year people all over the world give the gift of life for a few weeks or months to 50 billion chickens. Long enough to lay eggs or go directly to the pot. Either way to serve with honour in the stomach of humanity. Fifty billion chickens peck (kiss) your hand every year. References: US Department of Agriculture (USDA); International Egg Commission. For more see How to Do Animal Rights: Chicken Statistics.