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A New Tax We Can All Live With

Written by PETA | April 4, 2011

We know that there are two certainties in life: death and taxes. What if you could cheat both? In an opinion piece he wrote for The Huffington Post, PETA Vice President Bruce Friedrich proposes that we can do just that by imposing a “sin tax” on meat and dairy products, much like the ones currently levied on products that harm our health and the environment, like cigarettes, alcohol, and gasoline.

Cows mired in mud and feces at a Pennsylvania dairy farm investigated by PETA that supplies Land O’Lakes

It makes sense, considering that raising animals for food is the number one cause of climate change and that eating meat increases people’s chances of heart disease, cancer, strokes, and obesity. Vegetarians and vegans also live an average of six to 10 years longer than meat-eaters do. So not only might you cheat death for nearly a decade by ditching meat, you might also get out of paying taxes on it. Now maybe the only “certainty” is that it’s time to order a free vegetarian/vegan starter kit.

Read Bruce’s complete column here.

Written by Michelle Sherrow

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  • Coach K says:

    You should have put a picture of a horse facing the same way. It would have been apropos since a horse’s ass would have had such a stupid idea!

  • tigress says:

    That is real funny. It will NEVER happen in this lifetime, or the next. It’s kind of dumb to even mention the idea b/c it’s so far fetched. The beef industry is TOO powerful. Let’s be more realistic: get people to stop eating meat. Convince friends, family, and coworkers to go vegetarian or vegan. The meat industry is powerful b/c a majority of people buy the product. Stop buying the product and destroy the industry. If there’s another REAL way to end this somebody let me know 🙂

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  • george says:

    Man This is ridiculous normal people need meat to survive just because ya’ll want to stick to eating out of a garden and others like to have a slab of meat doesn’t mean it needs to be taxed!! And if i want to die ten years before ya’ll vegetarians then so be it no reasons for taxing it… it is still a type of food!

  • Lovin' it says:

    I’ve been veggie for years. Never been a problem (although occasionally I am tempted, but who isn’t when doing something that isn’t just greedy?!)… good luck to anyone doing this. You’ll find all sorts of upsides! :o)

  • lionin says:

    Yeees, perfect idea! But there is still one problem: politicians won’t introduce this tax, cause they would have to pay it too. Well, we’ll have to face the problem that we’re still too less people…

  • cedric says:

    Great idea, as so many great ideas. But how to achieve this is a better (bitter?) question.

  • D'Eric says:

    Bad idea and won’t really do any good

  • Simon says:

    Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!

  • amy artibey says:

    I think its a great idea!!!

  • Lauren says:

    FANTASTIC IDEA! I find myself up against people complaining about how “I must go hungry at restaurants” or “if we stopped eating animals there would be to many.” Ridiculous comments like that can be thrown back with “Neither of those are true, and you pay tax, go figure.” Oh, I cannot wait for the day. 🙂

  • Buddie says:

    Bad idea–

  • Jenny says:

    good idea! it’s time to let people know that the consequences of eating meat are serious- both physically, morally and now, financially!