Actor and activist James Cromwell temporarily closed a Starbucks in Manhattan on Tuesday by protesting the coffee company’s increase in fees on dairy alternatives.
And he did it by sticking his hand to the bar as he read aloud a list of grievances.
“More than 13,000 customers have asked you. Now we’re asking: Will you stop charging more for vegan milk? When will you stop reaping huge profits while your customers, animals and the environment suffer? ‘ he said in a Live broadcast posted on social mediaagainst former CEO Kevin Johnson – and perhaps interim CEO Howard Schultz – and the dairy industry.
“When are you going to stop punishing people for their ethnicity and morality? He added.
The “Succession” star and veteran of “LA Confidential” joined a number of activists with Humans for Ethical Animal Treatment, who were “passing the counter” to protest the clause. the coffee giant’s additional charge for vegan milk options, according to a tweet from PETA’s account.
The protest continued until New York police officers arrived on the scene and threatened to arrest those who refused to leave. Cromwell ended up not holding onto his own hand and that of another protester at the site before the store briefly closed, TMZ reported.
But before that, he did a thorough research and detailed how “producing cow’s milk produces three times more greenhouse gases than producing vegan options.”
“If you drink milk, you are subsidizing the veal industry,” he said, adding, “Starbucks has acknowledged that cow’s milk is the biggest contributor to the company’s carbon footprint. And Starbucks agrees that vegan milk is an important part of the solution, but it still charges them.
“Starbucks claims they want to be more sustainable but discourages customers from choosing sustainable products. The company claims to be committed to inclusion and diversity, but it still discriminates against those who cannot have milk. He continued.
“Stop charging customers more for something that should be available to everyone, helps save the planet, doesn’t harm animals and will make a difference. Your understanding of this and your support is essential,” Cromwell said. “We are here to pay attention to the damage that extra money is doing to animals and the planet and the people who live on it.”
Wearing a T-shirt with the slogan “Animal Liberation”, Cromwell then joined the protesters in chanting: “Save the planet, save the cows, end the vegetarian diet now” and several people Others carried banners urging supporters to text Starbucks to end the surcharge.
A PETA organizer also concurred during the live broadcast to say that they voluntarily removed their hands from the counter before law enforcement arrived to “comply with the police”.
“We are not trying to cause too much trouble. We were just trying to be at Starbucks to let them know that this charge for vegan milks is not correct. And that’s bad for the planet, it’s bad for the animals,” said the organizer.
The Oscar-nominated star’s predicament was called back to a similar protest last month during an NBA game in Minnesota when a woman taped her hand to the field to protest against a factory egg farm. powered by Timberwolves owner, Glen Taylor. It is unclear whether the woman is linked to PETA.
Cromwell is an animal rights activist and vegetarian who has worked with PETA since the 1995 film “Babe,” and Tuesday’s protest was not the first time the 82-year-old star has denied the rule. about your beliefs.
In 2013, Cromwell was detained for disorderly conduct after storming into a University of Wisconsin-Madison board meeting to protest what he believed to be cat torture at the university.
Cromwell was also indicted in 2017 for trespassing after he and six other activists interrupted Orca’s performance at SeaWorld in San Diego to organize a protest. That same year, he was sentenced to prison for refusing to pay a fine in connection with his arrest at a protest at a New York power plant.
In 2019, he was charged with disorderly conduct after police said he and another man interrupted a Texas A&M University System Board meeting.
PETA has been campaigning against the dairy industry for some time. As recently as Monday, the organization clapped back incoming Twitter boss Elon Musk for saying the chocolate milk was “incredibly good.”
“Drinking cow’s milk is like driving a scooter. The dairy industry is one of the worst contributors to climate catastrophe. What happened when caring about the environment? “the the group tweeted Monday. “Now we can get the chocolate oat milk.”
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