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Make meat-eaters pay: Ethicist proposes radical tax, says they're killing themselves and the planet

2010.02.07

AUTHOR: Peter Singer
TITLE: Make meat-eaters pay: Ethicist proposes radical tax, says they’re killing themselves and the planet

PUBLICATION DATE: 25.10.2009
PUBLICATION PLACE: New York Daily News

Reproduced with express authorization of the author in: dA web Center, february 2010

ABSTRACT

The purpose of this article is to propose a tax on meat consumption. The idea draws inspiration from the taxation of cigarettes for reasons of public health. Eating meat increases the risk of suffering from serious illnesses, and taxes would serve both as a deterrent and as a means to offset the associated healthcare costs imposed on society. There are further costs imposed by meat consumption: it sustains a major part of the demand of the world’s production of crops, which elevates their prices while much of the nutritional value of the crops used to produce meat is wasted. The production of meat is also highly polluting and it contributes very significantly to global warming. Finally, meat-eaters are in effect supporting the cruel practices commonly inflicted on the animals themselves. By applying a tax on meat it is hoped that patterns of consumption would change, thereby reducing the mentioned costs.
KEYWORDS

Tax, meat consumption, healthcare, costs by meat consumption, production of meat, global warming


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