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The UK government is being urged to reconsider a meat tax in light of the 2021 Budget.

Last year, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak faced calls to up the price of meat and dairy due to its environmental impact.

‘We will not be imposing a meat tax’

The politician was told the incentive would ‘lessen the economic fallout after COVID-19 and combat the climate crisis’.

However, according to the Evening Standard, a senior No. 10 official recently said: “This is categorically not going to happen. 

“We will not be imposing a meat tax on the great British banger or anything else.”

‘Desire for meat caused this pandemic’

Today, a PETA supporter has interrupted Sunak’s photocall and urged him to reconsider a meat tax. The advocate, dressed in a chicken outfit, sported a red briefcase ‘rivaling the chancellor’s’. But, was threatened with a fine and told to leave.

Kate Werner is PETA’s Senior Campaigns Manager. In a statement sent to PBN, she said: “The new budget gives Sunak the perfect opportunity to pass an eco-friendly meat tax and really turn that briefcase green.

“PETA’s socially distanced demonstration should remind the chancellor and the public that the way we eat affects animals, the planet, and our health. 

Werner then concluded: “Meat markets and the desire for meat caused this pandemic. And, another one may well follow if we don’t heed this warning.”

Liam Giliver

Liam is the former Deputy Editor of Plant Based News. He has written for The Independent, Huffington Post, Attitude Magazine, and more. He is also the author of 'We're Worried About Him'.