PETA is advocating an excise tax on each purchase of meat in the same way that cancer-awareness groups advocated taxing cigarettes. Reports estimate that Americans spend as much as $123 billion a year to treat hypertension, heart disease, stroke, cancer, obesity, and other diseases directly related to meat consumption. PETA wants a meat tax to pay for dietary education programs that would help reduce health care costs and save consumers’ and animals’ lives.
In addition, a tax on meat would help pay for the meat industry’s huge detrimental effect on the environment. Environmental groups like the National Audubon Society and the Union of Concerned Scientists are recognizing that meat-eating is one of the worst things we do to the planet.
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