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Tax cuts for Vegetarians
Posted by: McQ on Friday, June 01, 2007

Says PETA:
Citing the need to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is calling on congressional leaders to give vegetarians a tax break.

In a letter sent Wednesday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), PETA President Ingrid Newkirk stated, “[V]egetarians are responsible for far fewer greenhouse-gas emissions and other kinds of environmental degradation than meat-eaters.”

The letter added that vegetarians should receive a tax break “just as people who purchase a hybrid vehicle enjoy a tax break.”
Yeah, well then why is cow flatulence cited as one of the major causes for greenhouse gases? Last time I looked they were herbivores. What, is PETA claiming vegetarians don't pass gas? Ever been around one of those suckers for any length of time?

Here's a tip ... don't ever go on a long car trip with one without leaving the windows down. Obviously that rules out trips in the winter. Do with that what you will, but I'm telling you, been there and really didn't enjoy it that much.

Of course PETA's point is if we weren't raising those flatulent cows for food the world would be a better place and methane, a greenhouse gas, wouldn't be a prevalent. And they want to use the tax code (like every other special interest) to push their agenda. But I'll promise you that if they got their way, the world darn sure wouldn't smell any better if everyone was a vegetarian.
 
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Hey, I’m doing my part... I’m eating the cows, so that there will be fewer of them.

I am but one man...
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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Heh. Maybe they’re attributing the animals eaten over the course of a lifetime as part of my "methane footprint". Let them. They can have my cheeseburger when they pry it from my cold dead hands.
 
Written By: Geardaddy
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So, how do you enforce that? With a Hybrid, it’s pretty easy to show a receipt, but how do you ensure all 300 million Americans who claim they’re veggies didn’t sneak over to Outback?

PETA - Is there any level of idiocy they can’t reach?
 
Written By: Robb Allen
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Of course PETA’s point is if we weren’t raising those flatulent cows for food the world would be a better place and methane, a greenhouse gas, wouldn’t be a prevalent
Maybe so. But if we weren’t eating gassy cows for protein, we’d all be eating beans. And I can’t imagine that would help the methane levels any.
 
Written By: steverino
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Hate to break it to you, but one will smell like what one eats. If one eats a lot of vegetables, he/she will smell like rotting vegetables. If one eats a lot of fish, he/she will smell like rotting fish. . If one eats a lot of red-meat,he/she will smell like rotting mammals. The quicker one’s digestion, the less the effect. And meat takes much longer to digest than vegetables. Fortunately, us humans have a relatively weak sense of smell.
 
Written By: k
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And meat takes much longer to digest than vegetables.
Well since we’re not talking about the length of time it takes to digest those foods, but instead gaseous byproduct of them, I’ll take a carnivore any day.
 
Written By: McQ
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Cows only fart so much because of the factory farm system. Free-range cows have few problems. Like humans, cows are not grain eaters.

- Josh
 
Written By: Wild Pegasus
URL: http://www.no-treason.com
How about just making the purchase of Gas X tax deductible? Whether ingested by cows or vegetarians, it might improve the methane load:>)
 
Written By: vnjagvet
URL: http://www.yargb.blogspot.com
What a truly unfunny post. Sure you’re not actually a member of PETA?
 
Written By: jpe
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Cows only fart so much because of the factory farm system. Free-range cows have few problems. Like humans, cows are not grain eaters.
1) Almost all of the cow’s methane comes from belching rather than farting.
2) Free-range cows produce MORE methane because of a high-fiber diet. High-grain, low-fiber diets result in less methane from a cow.
 
Written By: JWG
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And meat takes much longer to digest than vegetables.
WRONG. The complete opposite is true. Peptidases are mostly found in the stomach and upper digestive tract, and break up proteins into amino acids rather quickly in the presence of stomach acid.

On the other hand the complex carbohydrates and starches found in plant material are much more difficult to digest, and require the entire length of the intestines to break down. Think about it - fiber.

That is why cows have a stomach with 4 compartments and intestines over 10 times the length of humans, and feline intestines are very short relative to their body size with almost a straight line from the deuodenum to the butthole.

Its also why vegetarian farts smell worse than normal people.
 
Written By: Jimmy the Dhimmi
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" The quicker one’s digestion, the less the effect."

I don’t know about you, but I plan on eating more than once.


I have had a great deal of experience eating both meat and vegetables, both separately and together. Vegetables, particularly beans, are gassier. I have seen a product for limiting gaseous emissions called "Beano", but never one called "Meato". Then there is beer, also a plant product. Perhaps someone is attributing the effects of a few beers consumed with that bowl of Texas Red(no beans), and the seasonings, to the effects of the main ingredient, beef.
 
Written By: timactual
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I’ve often wondered how the idea that "meat is harder to digest than vegetables" came from. If you go to just about any website that promotes vegetarianism, you’ll most likely find this somewhere. I’m not sure how you’d go about measuring how "hard" something is to digest, but I suspect that under just about any measure, meat would be easier to digest. I figure it combines wishful thinking with the idea that everything about meat is worst than with vegetables. (For example, many vegetarianism websites also spread other dubious claims, such as "most dangerous food-borne bacterial outbreaks are spread by contaminated meat".) I don’t see why many vegetarians can’t just admit that, in some ways vegetables are preferable, in some ways meat is preferable, and it’s ultimately an individual choice what to eat.
 
Written By: George
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The diet with the least impact on the planet would be a beef/dairy/vegetable diet.

p.s. that link is a must-read.
 
Written By: Harun
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So, how do you enforce that? With a Hybrid, it’s pretty easy to show a receipt, but how do you ensure all 300 million Americans who claim they’re veggies didn’t sneak over to Outback?
Well I’m a vegetarian. I get my steaks from t-bone trees and rib eye bushes.


There is something to be said about using the tax code to encourage healthy behavior. Just not what the idiots over at PETA are saying.
I would like to see being able to deduct one’s gym membership fees off of one’s taxes.

I also want my tax refund for not smoking cigarettes.

Cheers.
 
Written By: PogueMahone
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I also want my tax refund for not smoking cigarettes.
SCrew you hippie! Just like you get a refund from paying normal income tax, I want my refund because I smoke, and thus pay the tax.

Where’s my refund, you government bitches????
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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"There is something to be said about using the tax code to encourage healthy behavior."

There is much to be said about it, but it is all bad. There is not much I find more objectionable than the government using taxes to try to force people into "government approved" activities.

People like you are always in favor of such things when they are promoting things you like, but then cry bloody murder when the other side is having its go.
 
Written By: Liberty Dog
URL: http://canislibertas.blogspot.com
I also want my tax refund for not smoking cigarettes.
Smokers pay tobacco taxes for the priviledge to exercise their habit. And they die younger, so they draw less Social Security than non-smokers. If anything, non-smokers should pay a tax, rather than request a refund.
 
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I want to say - thank you for this!
 
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