For Immediate Release:
July 18, 2023
Nicole Perreira 202-483-7382
Seattle – On Thursday, costumed “polar bears” will descend on Starbucks CEO Laxman Narasimhan’s house in Clyde Hill to appeal to him to stop harming their arctic habitat by charging customers extra for vegan milk. They’ll point out that the surcharge incentivizes customers to opt for dairy milk, even though the industry is a top producer of the greenhouse gases that are melting the ice caps, killing the polar bears, and contributing to catastrophic and irreversible global heating. The pleading “bears” are the latest action in PETA’s campaign calling on Starbucks to stop charging customers extra for vegan milks, which prevent day-old calves from being torn away from their mothers and—as Starbucks already agrees—are better for the planet.
When: Thursday, July 20, 5:30 p.m.
“Starbucks admits it has a massive carbon footprint from its use of dairy, yet the company still refuses to put planet over profits,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is calling on Starbucks to give a frap about the polar bears who are dying on melting icecaps, not to mention the cows who are forcibly impregnated on dairy farms, and end Starbucks’ shameful surcharge on vegan milks.”
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.