Alan Cumming, Dairy Queen Protestor, Gets a Vegan Treat From…DQ?

For Immediate Release:
May 18, 2020

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Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Los Angeles – We’re all getting more food delivered these days, but one thing PETA Honorary Director Alan Cumming didn’t expect was a box from … Dairy Queen! Four years after the TV and Broadway legend starred in PETA’s “Not a Dairy Queen” campaign and called on the chain to add a vegan option, the company shipped him a box of its first-ever dairy-free treat. The nondairy Dilly Bar—made with coconut cream and covered with vegan chocolate—will be available at Dairy Queen stores nationwide starting Monday.

“It’s a sign of the times when Dairy Queen goes dairy-free,” says Cumming. “I’m thrilled to join PETA in saying, ‘YAS, QUEEN!’ to DQ for responding to the demand for a vegan option that’s healthier, better for the planet, and kinder to cows.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat or abuse in any other way” and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview—notes that calves on dairy farms are stolen from their mothers shortly after birth. Males are often slaughtered for veal, while females are used as milk machines until their bodies give out and they’re sent to slaughter. Animal agriculture is also a leading contributor to the greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change, and eating animals has been linked to swine flu, bird flu, SARS, and now COVID-19.

More information about PETA’s Dairy Queen campaign is available here.

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