Pranksters Behind Starbucks Hoax News Release Win Praise From PETA

For Immediate Release:
December 9, 2021

Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va. – A mock website is calling out Starbucks for charging extra for nondairy milk—something that PETA is also challenging the company on, in light of the dairy industry’s cruelty to cows and people’s concerns about greenhouse-gas emissions and their own health. Below, please find a statement from PETA President Ingrid Newkirk:

These merry pranksters have spilled the beans about Starbucks, which claims to champion social causes while imposing a surcharge that harms cows, the planet, and communities of color. PETA urges Starbucks to recognize this prank as a wake-up call from the public and to drop the upcharge, before any other tricksters roast the company for its hypocrisy.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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