Monday, June 04, 2007

PETA Proposes Excise Tax on Meat

This is not exactly ha hunting or fishing topic, nonetheless it is interesting what our special friends from PETA are up to again. It is also an eye opener and reminder that animal rights activists are not only after hunters but after everybody remotely involved with animals, even the ordinary pet owners.

Are you a meat and potatoes kind of guy? If you like a good burger and fries, or fried chicken and biscuits, animal activists think you ought to pay more for your meal.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has kicked off a new “Tax Meat” Campaign, proposing a $.10 per pound excise tax to be paid on meat, the same way that gasoline, tobacco, and alcohol taxes are paid so that tax is calculated into the retail price.

PETA suggests that money raised by its “Tax Meat” scheme could be “put into health education and preventative medicine.” Translation – the money could be used to advocate vegetarian and vegan diets and promote the animal rights movement.

Animal activists have also asked federal lawmakers to give tax breaks to those who have sworn off the consumption of animals.

On May 30, PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk sent letters to Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nanci Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid urging them to extend vegetarians the tax breaks that hybrid car owners receive for purchasing vehicles with low carbon emissions. She claims vegetarians are responsible for fewer greenhouse-gas emissions and environmental degradations than meat-eaters.

Source: U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance

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Anonymous said...

This is the silliest thing I've ever heard. I was going to say you can't start taxing people just because you don't agree with what they choose to do, but I guess we do that with cigarettes and alcohol.

So there goes my point, I guess. The idea of taxing meat is still silly though.

Othmar Vohringer said...

You’re right Kristine this is the silliest thing I have ever heard too. But what worries me is the fact that given what politicians are, they might just gobble that one up as a new revenue for the government. As governments go they always look for ways to milk the people for money.

We have had something similar to this here in Canada. For years the milk producers printed on the milk bottles “important source of calcium” and “Milk is healthy”. Well the animal rights didn’t like that and went to court. Result, the judge ruled that milk is not an important source of calcium (shock) and that there is no scientific proof that milk is beneficial to the health of people. With that the milk industry was forbidden from making the above two claims.

The problem we’re facing is that members of the lunatic fringe of society are firmly established in courts, schools, regional and federal government departments.

-Othmar Vohringer-

jon said...

I hope the NRA picks up on this and starts going after'em!

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