June 22, 2003

NZ flatulence tax outrages farmers
(via Samizdata)

In order to comply with the Kyoto Protocol, the New Zealand government will impose a new tax on ... cow flatulence:

"Flatulence from cows, sheep and other ruminants is a serious environmental problem, accounting for about 15% of worldwide emissions of methane - one of the most potent of greenhouse gases."

"The proposed flatulence tax is expected to raise NZ$8.4m a year ($4.9m) from next year."