Extreme-left activists are campaigning for “meat taxes” on social media, forcing the beef industry to defend itself.

While the activists claim hiking the prices of beef, lamb and pork would save the health system millions and prevent deaths, Australian health and industry experts said there was no science behind the claims.

Meat and dairy products are packed full of nutrients that are vital to a healthy diet, and remain a key part of Australia’s healthy eating guidelines.

In addition, those industries are major employers in Australia and are worth billions to the economy.

These sensational claims from the extreme left highlight their agenda of pushing veganism regardless of the cost to Australia’s health and prosperity.