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Alan Cumming joined PETA’s campaign by writing to Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson, urging him to drop the upcharge. “[I]t’s been over a year since your company acknowledged that cow’s milk is its biggest source of carbon dioxide emissions, yet you are still charging more for vegan milk,” Cumming wrote. “I’m urging you to put your words into action by dropping the surcharge on it.”
“The most responsible move would be to stop selling cow’s milk altogether,” he added. “But at the very least, you can end the upcharge on vegan milk that penalizes customers who are making the humane, environmentally friendly choice, along with those who are lactose intolerant—most of whom are people of color.”
It's awesome that Starbucks offers so many delicious vegan milk options—such as coconut, soy, oatmilk, and almond milk—but customers shouldn't have to pay extra to have dairy-free milk in their drinks. More people than ever before are ditching dairy and going vegan to help animals, save the environment, and improve their own health. It's time that Starbucks stopped charging customers extra for choosing dairy-free milks!
Starbucks should be encouraging customers to choose animal-friendly, vegan milks rather than cow's milk. Many other chains—including Wawa, Panera Bread, Pret A Manger, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Noah's New York Bagels, Philz Coffee, and Costa Coffee—already offer dairy-free milk at no extra charge.
Please urge Starbucks to stop charging extra for vegan milks.