PETA Will Call On Company to Add Dairy-Free Option to Its Coffee Services
For Immediate Release:
June 11, 2019
Moira Colley 202-483-7382
Fort Worth, Texas – When will American Airlines meet the booming demand for dairy-free products by offering vegan creamers on its flights? That’s the question that a representative from PETA—which owns stock in the company in order to push it to adopt animal-friendly policies—will ask at the company’s annual meeting on Wednesday.
“When research shows that over two-thirds of people use vegan creamers for their coffee, adding dairy-free options to in-flight beverage services is just good business,” says PETA Senior Director of Corporate Affairs Anne Brainard. “PETA is calling on American Airlines to make the smart choice to offer animal- and Earth-friendly vegan creamers on all its flights.”
Nondairy milk sales in the U.S. grew by 61% from 2012 to 2017, while dairy milk sales fell by 15%. Cow’s milk is the number one food allergen among infants and children, and an estimated 90% of Asian Americans and 75% of Native and African Americans are lactose intolerant.
In addition, a lead researcher from the University of Oxford noted that, in terms of reducing one’s environmental impact on the planet, going vegan “is far bigger than cutting down on your flights.” And of course, dairy-free beverages spare cows suffering in the dairy industry, which separates calves from their mothers—often within hours of birth—so that humans can consume their mothers’ milk instead. Male calves are typically shipped off to be slaughtered for the veal industry, while females eventually endure the same fate as their mothers: repeated forced insemination until their milk production wanes, at which point they’re sent to the slaughterhouse.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat or abuse in any other way”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.