For Immediate Release:
April 21, 2021
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
Huntington Beach, Calif. – Because Starbucks is pushing people to buy eco- and animal-friendly vegan milks on Earth Day (April 22) while charging extra for them, PETA protesters will descend on the chain’s store on Main Street tomorrow with an extremely lifelike calf prop stuffed inside a Starbucks cup, which is guaranteed to stop shoppers in their tracks.
When: Thursday, April 22, 12 noon
Where: Starbucks, 221 Main St. (at the intersection with Olive Avenue), Huntington Beach
“Starbucks is milking customers who care about animals and the planet on Earth Day of all days,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “Cruelty to cows aside, dairy is an environmental disaster, with its methane emissions and the destruction of forests for grazing land, so PETA is calling on the company to celebrate honestly by pricing vegan milks at or below the price of cow’s milk.”
Dairy farms are part of animal agriculture—the leading cause of water pollution, ocean dead zones, species extinction, and habitat destruction. By some estimates, it also generates more greenhouse-gas emissions than the world’s entire transportation sector.
Each person who goes vegan lowers their carbon footprint and saves the lives of nearly 200 animals every year. Cows in the dairy industry are artificially inseminated—workers insert an arm into the animals’ rectum and a metal rod into their vagina—and sent to slaughter when their bodies give out.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview.