PETA Asks UK Government For Meat And Dairy Tax To Support The Economy

by | May 5, 2020

Animal welfare organization PETA is urging the UK government to tax meat and dairy, claiming that doing so could help to heal the damage caused to the economy by COVID-19.

In a letter to Rishi Sunak — the Chancellor of the Exchequer — PETA suggested that the revenue from this tax could be used to support the NHS, as well as helping farmers to move into plant-based crops.

“Save The Health Service”

“We must heed the Committee on Climate Change’s call for meat and dairy consumption to be cut down,” PETA wrote in the letter, “and act on the United Nations’ recommendation that national governments introduce a tax on meat.”

“Pressure on the NHS, the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the climate crisis are three of the most worrying problems facing the UK today” Carr added.

“By levying a tax on meat and dairy, you’d be taking a significant step towards alleviating all of them.”

PETA also explained the health benefits of such a tax, stating that a “UK tax on red and processed meats could result in 22% fewer deaths and save the health service £700 million a year.”

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PETA are calling for a tax on meat and dairy products (Ewa Studio/Shutterstock.com)

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PETA is advocating that animal products should “take their place alongside tobacco, alcohol, sugar, and fuel – all of which are taxed because of their negative impact on human health or the environment’.

“Protect Our Planet”

The letter explains that “a reduction in meat and dairy consumption is also essential to protect our planet from the worst effects of the climate crisis.”

“Meat, milk, eggs, fish, and other animal-derived foods have a carbon footprint up to 40 times larger than that of their plant-based equivalents.”

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