Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 22 July 2014

Time for tax on animal protein

GIVEN today's finding that diets rich in animal protein may be as harmful to health as smoking, it's time for the chancellor to give serious consideration to Peta's suggestion of a deficit-correcting tax on meat, eggs and dairy products in the Budget later this month.

At the very least, the Government should require cigarette-style labelling. The Government can prolong the lives of millions of people, not to mention animals, by treating the animal-agriculture industry in the same way that it treats the tobacco industry – with suspicion and contempt.

BEN WILLIAMSON

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta)

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