PETA Hijacks Starbucks Customers by Giving Away Free Vegan Cold Brew in Surcharge War

For Immediate Release:
October 14, 2021

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Omaha, Neb. – Because Starbucks agrees that animal-friendly vegan milks are better for the planet but insists on charging extra for them, PETA protesters will be outside the chain’s location on N Saddle Creek Road on Monday morning and throughout the week, getting would-be Starbucks customers to shun the company’s offerings and instead enjoy free nitro cold brew mochas made with creamy oat milk from RISE Brewing Co. The action comes after nearly 150,000 PETA supporters asked Starbucks to end the vegan upcharge.

When:    Monday, October 18, 8–9 a.m.

Where:    Starbucks, 345 N Saddle Creek Road, Omaha

“Starbucks is counting its beans when it should be counting the number of customers it will lose if it doesn’t end the vegan milk upcharge soon,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “People who want to drink responsibly for the sake of animals or their own health or because they know that dairy farming is fueling the climate crisis are angry with the company for placing profits above ethics.”

PETA is also holding vegan coffee drink giveaways outside Starbucks locations in Loveland, Colorado; New Port Richey, Florida; and several other cities.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview.

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