Meat Tax on the Way

December 12, 2017 International Tax Cooperation

taxing meatLONDON – Meat production is too damaging to the environment to remain untaxed.

In a press release issued on November 11th, the investor advocacy group Farm Animal Investment Risk and Return (FAIRR) warned that there is a very high chance that governments around the world will introduce a tax on meats in the near future.

The group claimed that the likelihood of a tax on meat will increase with the global implementation of the Paris Agreement, which will place stringent requirements on environmentally damaging practices and substances.

The impact of the Agreement may be to increase the effective cost and difficulty of raising animals for meat.

It was argued that it is becoming “increasingly probable” that some governments will choose to tax meat in a similar fashion to sugars, tobacco, or carbon.

The report does not cover the potential mechanics or level of a meat tax, but pointed to the fact that Denmark and Sweden are already investigating the feasibility of such a measure, with the former looking likely to settle on a tax rate of USD 2.7 per kilogram.