From the Sydney Morning Herald:
Tax sparks protest moo-vement
Angry New Zealand farmers are reportedly sending parcels of cattle manure to cabinet ministers in a campaign against a so-called “flatulence tax” on their animals.
New Zealand Post said it was treating the campaign “as seriously as cyanide”, and police are threatening to prosecute farmers who vow they will not pay the tax, which is designed to fund research into global warming.
Methane gas from cattle and sheep accounts for more than half of all New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions, and the government says farmers should help pay for research to reduce it.
Agriculture Minister Jim Sutton, a target of the manure missives, told Radio New Zealand the guilty farmers were “clowns who engage in this sort of stupidity” and said it would be unfair to make all New Zealanders pay higher taxes to fund the research.
He also said it was “contemptible” of the farming newspaper Rural News to encourage mailing manure to politicians through its “Raise a Stink” campaign.