Chicken was reserved for very special occasions when I was a child.
Beef and mutton (and I do mean mutton, not lamb) were the staple meats in our household.
Beef and lamb (not mutton these days) still feature in at least half our dinners most weeks, we usually have fish a couple of times a week, venison now and then, and quite often have a vegetarian meal for at least one weekend dinner.
This means we’re eating less meat than we used to but if this table is accurate we’re obviously eating someone else’s share of beef and lamb and they’re eating our share of chicken and pork:
I’m usually in charge of what we eat and eating less red meat than in the past is a choice based on health advice.
For some people eating less, or no, meat, is a decision made because of their views on animal rights, or the idea that less meat is better for the environment.
Whether that idea is right is up for debate. More vegetarian diets and less meat isn’t necessarily as green as its pianted.
I’m not sure the science is settled on that when the whole environmental cost from paddock to plate is measured.