Chickens, cattle, sheep, pigs and other animals are raised as livestock for meat across the world. Animal fibres such as wool are used to make textiles, while animal sinews have been used as lashings and bindings, and leather is widely used to make shoes and other items.
 Marine fish of many species are caught commercially for food.
 Invertebrates including cephalopods, crustaceans, and bivalve or gastropod molluscs are hunted or farmed for food.
Sides of beef in a slaughterhouse
Main article: Animals in culture
The human population exploits a large number of other animal species for food, both of domesticated livestock species in animal husbandry and, mainly at sea, by hunting wild species.
A smaller number of species are farmed commercially.