Another view into our future because, as we well know, if it happens in the US, it's only a short while before it gets to us. This article in the New York Daily News closely follows steps 2, 3, 4 & 5 of the tobacco control template. Always remember, though, that it is for your own good.
Make meat-eaters pay: Ethicist proposes radical tax, says they're killing themselves and the planet
But in all these moves against tobacco, transfats and sodas, we’ve been ignoring the cow in the room.
That’s right, cow. We don’t eat elephants. But the reasons for a tax on beef and other meats are stronger than those for discouraging consumption of cigarettes, transfats or sugary drinks.
First, eating red meat is likely to kill you. Large studies have shown that the daily consumption of red meat increases the risk that you will die prematurely of heart disease or bowel cancer. This is now beyond serious scientific dispute.
Oh. Do you mean the debate is over, evidence is overwhelming, that sort of thing. Seems strangely reminiscent, that.
When the beef industry tries to deny the evidence, it is just repeating what the tobacco industry did 30 years ago.
Those evil farmers who are supplying demand, eh?
The clincher is that taxing meat would be a highly effective way of reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and avoiding catastrophic climate change.
One more for the bandwagon boys, I think we're going to need to bridle up another horse.
Of course, this idiotarian berk is going to have a problem selling this to the public. After all, eating meat can't harm anyone apart from the one with a fat juicy steak at the end of their fork, can it. Can it?
Meat-eaters impose costs on others, and the more meat they eat, the greater the costs.
Oh look. Passive meat-eating.
The anti-smoking totalitarian template is available from all good righteous gatherings at no cost but to our freedom to live a life as we choose.