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May 31, 2007

PETA Requests Tax Breaks for Vegetarians

From the Washington Times:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada are being asked to extend vegetarians the tax break currently given to hybrid-car owners for purchasing a vehicle with low carbon emissions.

The request comes from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals founder Ingrid E. Newkirk, who read a University of Chicago report arguing that switching to a vegetarian diet is more effective in countering global warming than switching from a standard American car to a Toyota Prius.

PETA, as you know, is the group that likened the slaughter of animals for food consumption to the systematic slaughter of 6 million Jews by the Nazis during the Holocaust, and to the slavery and lynching of black people. Two PETA associates were also arrested on animal cruelty charges a couple of years ago. So please, take whatever this group proclaims with the proverbial grain of salt.

Newkirk obviously hasn't heard that the Prius is more environmentally damaging overall than the much-criticized Hummer. She might want to reconsider the comparison.

Vegetarians are some of the most self-righteous people on earth when it comes to health and the environment. I know: I was one for ten years. Fortunately I got over myself, and enjoy eating meat once again. I have no problem with those who choose not to eat meat. However, that choice is not license to lord it over everyone else.

Besides, how does one prove one is a vegetarian for the purpose of receiving the tax break? Grocery and restaurant receipts? What if the "vegetarian" eats a hamburger at the neighborhood barbecue? Oops, loophole.

Yet another ridiculous request for special treatment from a special interest group that is bent on making us follow their rules for living.

h/t: Moonbattery

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Posted by Pam Meister at 01:46 PM | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0) | Leftwing Lunacy
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Not so fast PETA (there are those capital letters again)!

It is my understanding that because of their diets, vegetarians fart more than omnivores and methane is a Greenhouse Gas.

Somebody is trying to pull a fast one here.

Posted by: joe-6-pack at May 31, 2007 05:28 PM

Being a minority(White Anglo Saxon Protestant)can I throw in for tax breaks too? Oh thats right I am the sinner who has to pay for all sins. My bad!!!

Posted by: Mike at June 1, 2007 09:48 AM

On giving this a little more thought, since vegans do fart more, maybe they can buy "methane credits" from people that don't like beans or other gas-producing foods.

Posted by: joe-6-pack at June 1, 2007 05:09 PM

joe-6-pack,

pull a fast one? You mean pull my finger.

Posted by: John the Libertarian at June 3, 2007 02:32 PM


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