Tax-Day Troublemakers

We’ve told you how anti-consumer activists are taking advantage of the War on Obesity to call for taxes on restaurant foods, soda, and snacks. Now, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is renewing its call for taxes on meat.

PETA’s Bruce Friedrich is organizing a demonstration to be held outside the Internal Revenue Service building in Washington, D.C., “calling for an excise tax on meat, much like the present excise taxes on tobacco and alcohol.” The rally will be held during rush hour on April 15, with a possible encore at a major Washington post office in the evening as residents hurry to send off their tax forms.

While a handful of activists in pig costumes might not seem like a big deal, Friedrich is hardly benign. Remember, this is the same guy who said last year: “It would be great if all the fast-food outlets, slaughterhouses, these laboratories and the banks who fund them exploded tomorrow.”

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