The Big Sin Tax Debate

Should a sin tax be added to meat? This is what PETA is currently pushing for claiming meat, poultry and fish are just as bad for the human body as smoking cigarettes. I personally would be horrifically sick if I tried to become vegetarian or vegan. My body needs red meat and animal protein and performs better with than without it.

I find it sad that there is so much of the wrong information out there currently being made sensational by multi million dollar lobby groups like PETA. Almost half the people voting on an online survey believe a lady they do not know when she says that there should be a sin tax on meat. Claiming vegans don’t get diseases and cancer at the same rate other ‘meat eaters’ do. Therefor vegans should not have to foot the extra burden of everyone else’s healthcare. And when I say meat eaters she is also referring to taxing poultry and fish because it’s all equally bad and that is where all the E. coli outbreaks come from in her mind. I can’t count the number of times veggies have been recalled due to E. coli and many times contamination is traced back to workers unwashed hands, especially in meat processing.

I do not have anything against people choosing to be vegetarian or vegan. I love that we live in a country where most people have access to so much food and are not struggling to feed their families that they can choose their diets, this is not a reality in many places. What I have a huge problem with is food shaming and that is exactly what this is. If we have the stance that fed is best when it comes to formula or breast milk for our babies why do we suddenly start putting down others choices when it comes to food? How is the mom feeding her children organic only better than the mom who buys what she can afford? Should one feel better about her decisions than the other? No. Should one feel she is the cause of her children’s health problems? No.

I kindly ask you to take the time to speak to the agricultural experts in this discussion. Reach out to the farmers and ranchers and talk to them. Discuss your worries or fears with them, I guarantee they will take the time to talk to you and to help you find links to articles actually based in recognized science because they want a chance to tell their side of the story.