Sin tax should exclude healthful fast-food items

If passed, the proposed “sin tax” on fast food – which is intended to help raise money for local hospitals – really should exclude healthy vegetarian items, including the BK veggie burger. Vegetarian foods are far less likely to land people in the hospital with heart disease, strokes, certain cancers, diabetes and other dietrelated diseases.

PETA has long advocated a tax on meat, partly because fatty, high-cholesterol hamburgers and fried fish sandwiches contribute to obesity and other health problems that have sent America’s health-care costs skyrocketing. People can improve their health – and lower their medical bills- if they choose veggie burgers instead of Big Macs and Whoppers.

And if New Jersey residents are forced to fork over some extra green on meat, some may make “greener” food choices – vegetarian choices, that is. According to the United Nations, the meat industry is “one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global.”

Whether a fast-food tax is implemented or not, we can make a difference – for ourselves, animals, and the environment – by choosing vegetarian options. See for more information and a free vegetarian starter kit.

Heather Moore

Senior Writer People for the Ethical Treatment

of Animals Norfolk, Va.