Protesting ‘Polar Bears’ to Occupy Downtown Starbucks Over Earth-Killing Pro-Dairy Policy

For Immediate Release:
July 25, 2023

Nicole Perreira 202-483-7382

Cincinnati, Ohio – On Thursday, a pack of “polar bears” will surround the Starbucks store on E. Sixth Street to urge the company to stop charging customers extra for vegan milk, which incentivizes them to opt for dairy milk, even though the dairy industry is a top producer of the greenhouse gases that are contributing to melting the ice caps, killing polar bears, and catastrophic and irreversible global heating. The pleading “bears” are the latest action in PETA’s campaign calling on Starbucks to end the upcharge for vegan milks, which the company already agrees are better for the planet.

When:    Thursday, July 27, 12 noon

Where:    580 Walnut St. (meeting at the intersection with E. Sixth Street), Cincinnati

“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, as well as the cows who are forcibly impregnated on dairy farms and have their babies stolen from them, and end Starbucks’ shameful upcharge 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.

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