Will Demand for Vegan Creamer Fly at American Airlines Shareholder Meeting?

For Immediate Release:
May 9, 2023

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Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Dallas – At American Airlines’ annual meeting tomorrow, PETA—which owns stock in the company—will urge leadership to get vegan coffee creamer off the ground and onto its in-flight menu. PETA has offered to help the airline pay for the change, noting that dairy-free creamers, which have been skyrocketing in popularity, are kind to cows and far more sustainable than cow’s milk: In the dairy industry, calves are torn away from their beloved mothers so that the milk they produce for the calves can be sold for human use, and cow emissions are the primary source of the greenhouse gas methane, which is 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide in warming the atmosphere.

“So many people want vegan creamers in their coffee that failing to offer dairy-free options flies in the face of good business,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA is calling on American Airlines to make the smart decision to offer animal- and planet-friendly vegan creamers on all its flights.”

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 PETA.org, listen to The PETA Podcast, or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

PETA’s shareholder question follows.

I’m speaking on behalf of PETA. American Airlines says it will improve its environmental impact across all operations. Yet it still hasn’t done one of the easiest things—adding vegan creamer on flights. Dairy farms produce nearly the same amount of climate-damaging emissions as global aviation and shipping combined. Cow’s milk consumption has declined for decades, while the nondairy milk market is booming. When will American Airlines act to reduce its carbon footprint by offering vegan creamers?

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