is calling for an excise tax on meat to help cover the health and environmental
costs that result from using animals for food.
alcohol, and gasoline are already federally taxed—through excise, or "sin,"
taxes—to help pay for their hidden health or environmental costs. But although
meat consumption is a health hazard and meat production is a leading source of
environmental degradation, the meat industry has gotten off easy.
is calling on members of Congress to support a sin tax on meat. Why? A 10-cent
tax on every pound of chicken, turkey, pig, cow, fish, and other animal flesh
sold in grocery stores and restaurants could help reduce Americans'
skyrocketing annual health-care costs by encouraging people to eat less meat.
According to the American Dietetic Association, vegetarians are less prone to heart disease, diabetes, and cancer than meat-eaters are
and also less likely to be obese. The production of meat
is also a leading cause of climate change, a looming environmental
disaster that threatens the U.S. with billions of dollars in damages from
rising sea levels, worsening storms, and increased droughts. By discouraging
meat consumption, this tax could help prevent future climate change and related
natural disasters. Revenue from the tax could be used to fund educational
programs about the many benefits of reducing meat consumption.
Learn more about taxing meat. Read our FAQs.
The U.S. spends more on health care than any other nation and is one of the largest consumers of meat. Consider the following:
doesn't make sense that the millions of meat-free Americans have to help pick
up the tab (through taxes and health insurance premiums) when meat-eaters get
sick. A tax on meat would make the tax system more equitable—similar "sin" taxes already exist for
alcohol and cigarettes.
Scientists and world leaders increasingly agree that climate change is the biggest challenge that humanity faces. The federal government and state governments are
currently debating a number of ways to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, such as
requiring the production of more fuel-efficient vehicles, imposing a higher tax
on gasoline, and mandating that household appliances be more energy efficient.
But the truth is that the meat industry is one of the world's leading causes of
climate change. Consider the following:
people dramatically reduce their consumption of animal products, we won't be
able to make a meaningful dent in the climate crisis. A tax on meat could quickly
and dramatically decrease U.S. meat consumption and help save our planet.
today's massive factory
farms, animals are abused in
horrible ways, including the following:
it comes to Americans' meat habit, animals are paying the biggest costs. A tax
on meat could persuade Americans to save animals (and their own bodies) from abuse.
the tax on meat! Members of Congress need to hear from citizens like you about
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