Strategy Proposal for Global Transition to Non-Animal Alternatives

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Photo: pixabay

By: Stevan Harnad (Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Sciences [2001-2015], Department of Psychology UQAM)

I. CCTV to Inform, Mobilize and Sensitize the Public. Recruit the public to monitor and enforce existing animal husbandry regulations through public crowd-sourcing as well as to sensitize the public to the reality of what is currently permissible in animal husbandry.

Mandatory 24/7 CCTV surveillance and recording in all venues where animals are bred, raised, housed, transported, used in any way, or killed.

All the CCTV data are live-streamed and permanently archived as openly accessible on the web, coded for time and location, so that the public can witness, monitor and report any observed abuses within the existing welfare rules as well as to recommend what rules need to be strengthened.

(Note, that II — legislation — is not possible without I — sensitization — first. Only public demand and support can lead to the adoption of II.)

II. Legislate Graduated Tax to Incentivize Transition to Non-Animal Alternatives. Implement, facilitate and accelerate a transition to non-animal alternatives.

Graded tax, increasing with time, on all consumer purchases of meat, fish, dairy or eggs in supermarkets or restaurants, or any other animal products (such as fur, leather, wool, down). All tax revenue is used as discount on the purchase of non-animal alternatives.

Graded tax on all production and vending of meat, fish, dairy or eggs, or any other animal products (such as fur, leather, wool, down). All tax revenue can be claimed by producers and vendors as rebate for the production and sale of non-animal alternatives.

All unclaimed surplus from the tax revenue is used to provide sanctuaries for animals that survive from the food and fur industries.