Peter Singer Calls for 50 Percent Tax on Meat

Here’s a piece by Peter Singer published by The New York Daily News in which he’s calling for a cigarette-style 50 percent tax on meat. Singer writes:

…the reasons for a tax on beef and other meats are stronger than those for discouraging consumption of cigarettes, transfats or sugary drinks.

And, as is usual for Singer, he backs up his argument beautifully. This dialog is not going to lead anywhere positive for the meat industry.

Interestingly, the Daily News headline for this piece labels Singer’s tax proposal as “radical.” Are cigarette taxes radical too? If not, why not? Link.