The Meat Tax

| 2/25/2008 4:59:01 PM

Further fueling suspicions that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals dreams up campaigns by asking conservatives, “What would tick you off the most?” Stratton Lawrence of the Charleston (South Carolina) City Paper reports that the group is lobbying for a 10-cents-a-pound federal meat tax.

PETA likens this “sin tax” to ones already “placed on tobacco, alcohol, and gasoline for their costly effect on the environment and public health,” Lawrence writes. Revenue from this proposed bill (that will never, ever pass) would fund education about the benefits of eating less meat.

“Even though the average American adult would only pay $20 more per year with this tax, it would encourage reduced meat consumption,” PETA’s Ashley Byrne tells Lawrence. “That could save a family thousands in health care costs.”

In pairing the word “meat,” considered icky by most vegetarians, with “tax,” perhaps the most hated word in the English language, PETA, in typical fashion, seems to be saying: Let’s see how polarized this thing can get. Supply-side might be a better place to start—by raising industry standards for environmental remediation or, as one small livestock farmer suggested to Lawrence, by rolling back the huge government subsidies being handed away to factory farms.

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Jeffery Biss
2/27/2008 7:38:48 PM

How silly it is for some people to consider the well being of those most people see only as objects that exist solely to satisfy their desires, isn't it? The fact is that humans do not require meat to sustain life or health and so meat is purely an elective. Imagine, thinking that creating life to destroy it is good. Pretty horrible, huh? How pathetic it is that we exalt ourselves to a level from which we can do as we please with anything we consider less. Face it, the life you take is not yours, it is the non human animal's. The suffering that you bring upon another living thing means nothing to you because you just don't care. We are judged by how we treat the least among us, which means that we are evil in the purest sense of the word.

Vanessa Ryan
2/27/2008 1:41:20 PM

I think you should be supporting this instead of making snide comments against it. People who eat meat contribute to global warming. In order to raise animals for meat consumption, trees are cut down. More water is needed to raise farm animals than to raise vegetables. They should be taxed. And meat is bad for your health--especially after the age of 40.

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