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By James Abeare
Telegram Columnist 

The Meat Tax


March 21, 2019

According to Webster it is a tax on certain things that are made, sold, or used within a country.

An excise tax, more commonly known as a “sin tax” is usually reserved for products that are believed to be bad for people, such as cigarettes and alcohol, or items bad for the environment, like gasoline.

Will now the, ever popular, United Nations want to impose an excise tax on meat, to get people to stop eating meat and animal products.

The reason?

Raising animals for food is unsustainable for the environment and helps to affect global climate change.

Yeah, some of my liberal friends to like or buy this either.

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), is all for this.

It seems like the far left is coming out with another idea to control what we do. And will it work?

I haven’t heard about any reduction in soda sales in Washington State since Seattle passed the soda tax a few years ago. Unless it is an onerous tax, I don’t think it will work.

An the only people it will really affect is the poor and the working poor that are trying to feed healthy meals to their families.

Though PETA says you can eat healthy just eating plants.

I can also see that between a meat tax and a $15 minimum wage a lot of restaurants will suffer.

One idea is to call for a bill to be footed far earlier in the production chain, such as with the fertilizer producers, rather than

landing directly on the consumer.

The hope is to change the whole market structure, so that mass animal production [sector] would become more expensive.

Fortunately, the current politicians in charge are against this tax, but if the Democrats win in 2020 and the Green New Deal goes through, all bets could be off.

Some on the Left, like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are afraid that cow farts will destroy the planet.

As for a special tax, people are taxed too much already and don’t need a tax on meat.

Jim has been a contributor to the Telegram for over the last five years. You can contact Jim at [email protected].


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