New Zealand plans to tax farmers for livestock burps

Keean Bexte

August 2, 2022

It seems like governments across the Western world are hellbent on destroying the lives of their farmers, and New Zealand is no different, with the government bringing in a “burp tax” for livestock.

New Zealand plans to tax farmers for cow and sheep burps
New Zealand plans to tax farmers for cow and sheep burps

It’s become almost a meme to talk about the government taxing you for breathing in oxygen in the age of climate insanity and carbon taxes, but New Zealand is by far the closest to doing so.

According to climate radicals in the country, cow and sheep burps are just too harmful to the environment due to the methane released, and they need to be reduced, and farmers need to be taxed into submission.

“There is no question that we need to cut the amount of methane we are putting into the atmosphere, and an effective emissions pricing system for agriculture will play a key part in how we achieve that,” New Zealand Climate Change Minister James Shaw told BBC News.

Under the proposed legislation, the government would begin taxing livestock farmers for their gas emissions starting in 2025, with incentives and lower tax rates being offered to farmers that feed their livestock special anti-burp diets and plant more trees to offset their supposed emissions.

According to WebMD, other strategies the government is recommending include “face masks for cows that trap and turn methane into water and carbon dioxide, a method that reduces emissions by more than 50% according to Zelp, the company that invented the contraption. Some farmers are already experimenting with feed made from seaweedAnd scientists are tinkering with cow genetics to increase their digestive efficiency.”

Face masks. Yes, face masks for cows.

Agricultural economist Susan Kilsby has said that the proposed legislation could be the largest regulatory disruption to farming in the country in over 40 years, but those pushing the legislation argue it’s necessary to make New Zealand more “sustainable.”

A final decision on whether to implement the burp tax is expected to come by December this year.

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