Published by Rebecca Maness.

Following ongoing talks with PETA, fast-casual chain Panera Bread announced that it’s dropping the vegan milk surcharge on its coffee drinks! Compassionate customers at more than 2,000 Panera Bread locations in the U.S. and Canada can now enjoy their almond milk lattes at no additional cost.

This is great news for your wallet, but it’s also excellent news for cows. In the dairy industry, cows are artificially inseminated, their babies are taken from them, and they’re repeatedly exploited until they can’t keep up with the demand for milk production and are then slaughtered. Consuming dairy “products” like milk, cheese, and butter also supports the cruel veal industry, in which male calves who are torn away from their mothers are confined to cramped cages until they’re killed at only a few months old.

Vegan milk is also the best choice for the environment, since animal agriculture is a major emitter of greenhouse gases. Panera Bread also continues to expand its plant-based options in an effort to reduce its environmental impact, and it has recognized that its customers shouldn’t be charged extra for trying to do the same thing.

This important change helps encourage consumers to make choices that are better for the planet and animals’ lives. Even after Starbucks announced efforts to reduce its carbon footprint by 2030, the company has still continued to charge up to 80 cents extra for vegan milk. Join us in urging it to do the right thing by following Panera’s example:

Call the company at 1-800-782-7282 and tell it that customers shouldn’t be charged extra for wanting to help cows and the environment. And after you make your call, please let us know how it went.

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