James Cromwell glued himself to the counter of a Starbucks in New York to protest the coffee company’s price hike for vegan milk, reports CBS News. The protest was supported by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), which live-streamed the “glu-in” on Facebook. Cromwell was joined by other protesters and finally freed his hand from the glue after police showed up at Starbucks.
“My friends at PETA and I are calling on Starbucks to stop punishing kind, eco-conscious customers for choosing plant-based milks,” Cromwell said in a statement about Starbucks charging more for vegan milk. “We all have a stake in the life and death question of climate catastrophe, and Starbucks should do its part by ending its vegan charge.”
PETA said in its own statement that the dairy industry is “a major producer of greenhouse gases that contribute to climate catastrophe” and is “responsible for immense animal suffering.”
More than 135,000 supporters have joined PETA’s online petition urging Starbucks to stop paying more for vegan milk. The organization writes on its website, “It’s great that Starbucks offers so many delicious vegan milk options — like coconut, soy, oat, and almond milk — but customers shouldn’t have to pay extra to have dairy-free milk in their drinks.. More people than ever are giving up dairy and going vegan to help animals, save the environment and improve their own health. It’s time Starbucks stopped charging additional charges to customers for choosing dairy-free milks.
“Starbucks should encourage customers to choose animal-friendly vegan milk over cow’s milk,” adds PETA. “Many other chains – including Wawa, Panera Bread, Pret a Manger, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Noah’s New York Bagels and Philz Coffee – already offer dairy-free milk at no additional cost. Starbucks in the UK and the majority of the company’s stores in France have already removed the vegan milk supplement, and its stores in China, India and elsewhere offer at least one vegan milk option at no additional cost.
Cromwell recently appeared in the third season of “Succession,” reprising his role as Ewan Roy, and appeared in an episode of the HBO Max series “Julia.”