Friday, December 05, 2008

PETA pushing the EPA for farm tax on livestock flatulence?

Proposed fee on smelly cows, hogs angers farmers

For farmers, this stinks: Belching and gaseous cows and hogs could start costing them money if a federal proposal to charge fees for air-polluting animals becomes law.

Farmers so far are turning their noses up at the notion, which is one of several put forward by the Environmental Protection Agency after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2007 that greenhouse gases emitted by belching and flatulence amounts to air pollution.

It would require farms or ranches with more than 25 dairy cows, 50 beef cattle or 200 hogs to pay an annual fee of about $175 for each dairy cow, $87.50 per head of beef cattle and $20 for each hog.

Care to guess who payed for the cow fart study?

Really who could support this kind of nonsense?

The fee would cover the cost of a permit for the livestock operations. While farmers say it would drive them out of business, an organization supporting the proposal hopes it forces the farms and ranches to switch to healthier crops.

"It makes perfect sense if you are looking for ways to cut down on meat consumption and recoup environmental losses," said Bruce Friedrich, a spokesman in Washington for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

"We certainly support making factory farms pay their fair share," he said.

Well there you go then. So what about all the wild animals that roam my 300 acres I have to pay the state for permission to shoot? There are whitetail deer living off farms all over the country that the state seems to think belongs to them. They eat my crops and pass gas just like cows. I may have to go outside and shoot something to save the ozone layer. Good job PETA in reminding me to thin the herd.

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