PETA Calls for Meat Tax in New Zealand

June 10, 2016 Taxation in New Zealand

WELLINGTON – PETA is calling on New Zealand to tax meat like cigarettes, claiming that the tax would save lives and reduce pollution.

In letter issued on June 10th the Australian wing of the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) called on the government of New Zealand to levy a tax on the sale of meat and meat-based foods.

PETA claimed that recent research has shown that a 20 percent tax on major sources of dietary saturated fats would lead to at least 1 500 lives being saved each year, and that other international research has shown that red meats should be considered to be possibly carcinogenic to humans.

It was suggested that the government should begin taxing meats in the same way as it does tobacco and cigarettes, with a heavy excise tax being applied on all meats.

It was also noted that a tax on meat would result in reduced CO2 emissions and agricultural pollution, as the reduced demand for meats would lead to decreased production levels.

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