Sausage-loving Germans chew over meat tax plan

Sausage-loving Germans chew over meat tax plan


BERLIN (Reuters) – German lawmakers on Wednesday proposed raising the sales tax on meat to help protect the climate and improve animal welfare, kindling a debate in a country renowned for its love of sausages.

Meat in Germany benefits from a reduced value added tax rate of 7%, and the idea is to raise that to the standard 19%.

“I favor abolishing the VAT reduction for meat and using it (the increased revenues) instead for more animal welfare,” Greens agriculture spokesman Friedrich Ostendorff told Die Welt newspaper.

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Madeline Chambers