A PETA activist dressed in a pig costume will be outside the IRS office in Topeka today at noon to educate all people passing by about the need for a federal excise tax on meat. The point the activist is trying to make is that eating meat can increase a person’s risk of developing cancer and heart disease, thereby driving healthcare costs through the roof.
PETA says that meat should be taxed at 10 cents per pound to offset its staggering costs, just as alcohol, tobacco, gasoline and other items are subject to a “sin” tax.
“The health problems caused by eating meat—not to mention the subsidies that the meat industry receives—take a huge bite out of the U.S. budget,” says PETA Vice President Dan Mathews. “Slapping a long-overdue tax on meat would save countless lives—including those of animals.”
Kansas First News will have more on this story tonight at 5 p.m.