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How to Avoid the 1040

Written by PETA | April 14, 2009


Tax Meat


Every year on tax day, I do two things:

  1. Drag out the process of filling in my 1040 by surfing the Internet looking for tax day deals.
  2. End up fuming because the only things anyone ever offers are cheap burgers and free tacos, and my 1040 still sits on my desk waiting to be filled out.

This year, instead of searching for (non-existent) free or cheap vegan grub, I’m procrastinating by contacting my Congressional representatives and asking them to tax meat (instead of me). There’s already an excise tax on things like gas, tobacco, and alcohol, so why not meat?

As the number one cause of climate change and a contributing factor to the high rates of obesity in America, animal products that hurt our health and our environment (not to mention animals) should be outlawed. That probably won’t happen, but a tax on meat would at least help cover the health and environmental costs that result from raising and killing animals for food—and (hopefully) it would encourage companies to give away 35-cent veggie burgers and free vegan tacos next year on April 15.

Now, what to do about filling out that 1040 sooner?

Written by Shawna Flavell

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  • vegan artist says:

    I love your Tax Meat campaign. they tax cigarettes because they destroy health…now they must tax meat because meat destroys health. THAT is logical.

  • Joanna says:

    Taxing meat would be just like taxing slavery. Eating meat should be a crime. How would this country look now if we had taxed slaves instead of abolished slavery.

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    The government should legalize all controlled substances and then tax the heck out of those too. The taxes collected could fund the rehab programs. Hey! Meat could be listed as a controlled substance because I know people who are so addicted to it they have to eat it three times a day!!!

  • AC says:

    Regardless of whether meat would be taxed or not this really has nothing to do with whether or not you would be taxed. You will be taxed regardless of a new tax on meat being introduced.

  • Brien Comerford says:

    Eating meat is being in complicity with the mass killing of God’s creatures. Much worse than booze and smoking.