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Vegetarians Urging Meat Tax

Vegetarian groups appear to have moved in recent years from urging others to abstain from meat to accusing meat eaters of immorality, and more recently, pressing for taxes on meat. The author of a Bloomberg Government article on the proposed meat tax seems to approve the aggressive movement, calling meat eaters "addicts, junkies and fanatics" with meat "obsessions."

Hamburger addicts, barbecue junkies, and fried chicken fanatics may soon be asked to pay a surcharge for their obsessions with meat.

Excise taxes on beef, pork, and chicken could be the next big thing in a state and local tax environment that’s already comfortable with “sin tax” regimes aimed at cigarettes, alcoholic beverages, and gambling and is adapting quickly to special levies on sugar-sweetened beverages, greenhouse gases, and marijuana.

…“We have never been closer to a meat tax,” said Ashley Byrne, associate director of campaigns for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). “We have seen people—including meat eaters—realizing that meat is bad for their health and meat is taking this incredible toll on the environment. People seem more open than ever to an excise tax on meat. If we are going to tax tobacco, if we are going to tax soda, it absolutely makes sense to have a similar tax on meat. — Bloomberg Government (restricted to clients only) as quoted in Americans for Tax Reform

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