For Immediate Release:
June 22, 2021
Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382
Orlando, Fla. – Because Starbucks agrees that animal-friendly vegan milks are better for the planet but still charges extra for them, University of Central Florida students who are part of Students Opposing Speciesism (SOS) will occupy a Starbucks store on campus on Thursday. SOS is a PETA-backed, youth-led revolt against the archaic notion that all other animals are inferior to humans and can be exploited at will.
When: Thursday, June 24, 12 noon–2 p.m.
Where: Starbucks, 4650 N. Alafaya Trl., #103, Orlando
“From cruelty to cows to methane emissions and deforestation, dairy is hard to swallow—and so is Starbucks’ vegan upcharge,” says PETA SOS Director Rachelle Owen. “Young people won’t stand by and let Starbucks milk customers who care about animals and the planet.”
Dairy farms are part of animal agriculture—the leading cause of water pollution, ocean dead zones, species extinction, and habitat destruction. By some estimates, the industry also generates more greenhouse-gas emissions than the entire world’s transportation sector.
Each person who goes vegan dramatically lowers their carbon footprint and saves the lives of nearly 200 animals every year. Cows in the dairy industry are forcibly impregnated—workers insert an arm into the animals’ rectum and a metal rod into their vagina. They’re sent to slaughter when their bodies wear out.