PETA Says Tax Meat Like Cigarettes

June 10, 2016 New Zealand Taxation

PETA has called on the New Zealand government to tax “flesh foods” like tobacco.

The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has written a letter to the Finance Minister Bill English, calling on the government to tax meats the same way as cigarettes and tobacco.

PETA claimed that a tax on “flesh foods” would save lives, as recent research has indicated that meats could be classified as carcinogenic, and that a 20 percent tax on sources of saturated fats could save as many as 1 500 New Zealanders per year.

Further, as a tax on meat would lead to a reduction in demand and production of meat, the measure would also result in a reduction in the amount of waste, emissions, and pollution generated by the agricultural industry.

Photo By: Katherine Lim

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