Farmers blow tops over flatulence tax
Plans to impose the world's first 'fart tax' on New Zealand farmers has resulted in huge protests in the country's capital Wellington.
New Zealand cattle, sheep and deer release 37 million tonnes of methane gas a year, which has prompted the authorities to introduce the levy, nicknamed the ‘back-door tax’, the Guardian reported.
The new tax will cost the average farmer £110 a year, and has prompted angry responses from the country’s farmers. ‘The imposition of this unnecessary levy is just another cost we shouldn’t have to bear,’ said Tom Lambie, the president of federated farmers.
Gas from New Zealand’s 30 million sheep, 10 million cattle and 2 million deer accounts for 60% of greenhouse gas emissions.