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Pork Purveyors, Lamb Lobbyists, and Poultry Pushers Are Destroying
America's Health—and Wealth
For Immediate Release:September 4, 2012
Contact:Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382
Charlotte, N.C. -- Decked out in pig costumes and riding in a convertible, PETA members will
appear at the Democratic National Convention to educate all comers about the
need for a federal excise tax on meat. The PETA porkers' point? That eating
meat can increase a person's risk of developing cancer and heart
disease—thereby driving health-care costs through the roof. PETA says that meat
should be taxed at 10 cents per pound to offset its staggering costs,
just as alcohol, tobacco, gasoline, and other items are subject to a "sin"
PETA's pigs will appear at events during the Democratic National Convention.
When: September 4–6, 2012
Where: Democratic National Convention, Charlotte, North Carolina
In addition to killing
animals and people with its unhealthy and cruel products, the meat industry is
killing American pocketbooks. The federal government has a long history of giving
away massive subsidies for livestock feed. Also, recently, the U.S. Department
of Agriculture bought $40 million of chicken products to try to reduce a
surplus. Surely, Democrats will agree—it's time to "cut the pork!" In addition, the Academy
of Nutrition and Dietetics determined that
vegetarians have lower rates of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity
than meat-eaters do.
"The health problems
caused by eating meat—not to mention the subsidies that the meat industry
receives—take a huge bite out of the U.S. budget," says PETA Vice
President Dan Mathews. "Slapping a long-overdue tax on meat would save
countless lives—including those of animals."
Please note that PETA is a
501(c)(3) organization dedicated to stopping the abuse of animals and promoting
a healthy vegan diet. We take no position in support of or opposition to any
political party or candidate for public office.
For more information, please visit TaxMeat.com.
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