A New Tax We Can All Live With

Published by PETA.

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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