The Netherlands may soon tax the slaughter of animals, pushing up the price of meat in the country.
The Dutch Animal Party has submitted the initiative, which could see the Netherlands become the first country in the world to effectively tax meat products. Party MP Lammert van Raan will develop the initiative into law, a press release said.
As the name suggests, the party defends animal rights. It is also committed to sustainable development and the fight against the climate crisis.
The party submitted the new initiative taking into account the environment. Van Raan said in a statement, “The Netherlands is the second largest exporter of agricultural products and therefore faces a major nitrogen and climate problem. So, [this is] the perfect place to start.
Animal agriculture is responsible for a large number of environmental problems, including high greenhouse gas emissions. In 2018, the United Nations Environment Program declared reducing meat consumption the “world’s most pressing problem.”
“A radical change” in the food system
The Party for the Animals hopes to help shift the food system from addiction to animal protein.
To help it achieve its goal, the party has long called for a tax on meat, but “The proposals to create this tax using the high rate of VAT continued to meet objections as to enforcement”, press release notes.
In order to address concerns, the party presented an initiative to tax the start of the meat production process, at slaughter.
“A radical change in our food system is absolutely essential”, said Van Raan. “We are in an ecological and climate crisis and one of the major causes is our massive consumption of meat.”
He added that the Dutch Environmental Assessment Agency PBL has already called for a national reduction in meat consumption. He continued, “This is the only way to ensure the long-term sustainability of our food system.
“We want to use the tax system to tax the slaughter of animals”, Van Raan added. “So that manufacturers and consumers alike are tempted to reduce their consumption of meat and to opt more easily for plant-based alternatives.
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