Activists pushing to tax meat like cigarettes

According to the dictionary, a sin tax is “a tax on items considered undesirable or harmful, such as alcohol or tobacco.” There is mounting pressure from activist groups to add animal proteins to that list of so-called “sinful” items. They argue meat creates added healthcare costs and negative impacts on the environment. It might sound silly, but as Dr. Sylvain Charlebois of Dalhousie University notes in a Globe and Mail editorial this week, a recent report released by the Farm Animal Investment Risk & Return Initiative (FAIRR) should not be underestimated, based on financial and investment reasons. “Now, if you…

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