Dutch political party asks for a meat tax
The main Association the Dutch Meat Sector (COV) has mobilized against the proposal of the Party of the Animals (PvdD) to create a very high tax on cattle that are slaughtered. Specifically, it would apply at the time the animal is transported to the slaughterhouse.
The COV has called the proposal unrealistic, undesirable and counterproductive as it is an additional tax for Dutch farmers. According to its calculations, if approved, it would imply taxing farmers with an annual amount exceeding one billion euros at a time when these companies are already facing many problems. In fact, the entire Dutch meat chain has long been arguing about how to ensure that a realistic price is paid to livestock to address current and future sustainability initiatives.
According to the COV, the tax rates proposed by the PvdD are for some animals the same level, or more, than the sale price and for that reason alone they are not realistic. Dutch meat would be priced off the market, with the risk that meat from other EU countries that was produced less sustainably would end up with Dutch consumers.
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