Joanna Lucas, of Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary, posted the chilling photo to her Facebook page to help people begin to fathom these staggering numbers - a photo without one drop of blood.
The haunting image was taken by an anonymous artist, who goes by the moniker "K49814," as part of a photo series at the Kehrer Gallery in Berlin, Germany, titled "Breathe Without Pause."
"10 billion animals die annually in the U.S. alone with often a number, not a name, serving as the only form of identification that they are an individual," Susie Coston, national shelter director of Farm Sanctuary, told The Dodo. "Like inanimate objects, they are not allowed to have names that show that they are someone, not something. At Farm Sanctuary we give each of our animal family members names."