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Is there Anything Government Won't Tax?

To aid its efforts in reducing the emission of "greenhouse gases," New Zealand's government has proposed "to charge farmers a fee based on the size of their flocks and herds," and says the $5 million raised annually from the "flatulence tax" will be used "to fund research into minimizing the emissions. According to a July 3, 2003 report from the Cybercast News Service, some farmers are threatening a rebellion. In meetings with government officials, some farmers "suggested a campaign of civil disobedience" while others said they would withhold information about the number of their livestock.


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