For Immediate Release:
October 30, 2023
Nicole Perreira 202-483-7382
Atlanta – A whole latte love is heading to Delta Air Lines, winner of PETA’s Compassion on Board Award for being the first airline to add vegan creamer on all its flights departing the U.S.—a move the group had pushed for, as it will help spare cows whose calves are stolen from them in the dairy industry. In thanks, Delta will receive a framed certificate.
“By adding oat milk to its flights, Delta is making the skies kinder to cows and more welcoming to the millions of Americans who don’t drink dairy for ethical, environmental, or health reasons,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is celebrating Delta’s compassionate move and calling on other airlines, including Southwest and American, to follow its example.”
PETA points out that the demand for plant-based milks has skyrocketed while the consumption of dairy milk has declined by 40% over the past 50 years as consumers make the switch once they learn that in the dairy industry cows are forcibly inseminated, their beloved calves are torn away from them so that the milk meant to nourish their babies can be used by humans, and they’re slaughtered once their bodies wear out. In addition, animal agriculture is a leading cause of greenhouse gas emissions, species extinction, deforestation, and other environmental disasters, and millions of Americans—including an estimated 95% of Asian Americans and 80% of Indigenous and Black Americans—are lactose intolerant.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat or abuse in any other way”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org, listen to The PETA Podcast, or follow the group on X (formerly Twitter), Facebook, or Instagram.