BOSTON ( Associated Press) — A group of Christian, Hindu, Buddhist and Jewish leaders are calling on Starbucks to stop charging extra for vegan milk substitutes, saying the practice amounts to a tax on those who have Plant based lifestyle has been adopted.
In a statement released Friday, an interreligious coalition led by Nevada-based Hindu activist Rajan Jade pressed the coffee chain to end the “immoral and unfair” surcharge.
“A coffee company should not be in the business of taxing individuals who chose a plant-based lifestyle,” said Jade’s statement, which was also signed by Thomas W. Blake, an Episcopal priest; Greek Orthodox priest Stephen R. Karcher; Buddhist priest Matthew Fisher; and Jewish Rabbi Elizabeth Webb Beyer.
Religious leaders cited a number of reasons why some Starbucks customers prefer dairy alternatives, including dietary restrictions, ethical issues, environmental concerns, lactose intolerance, milk allergies and animal welfare.
Those who want plant-based milk shouldn’t overpay, he said, asking the Seattle-based company’s CEO, Howard Schultz, and board chairman Melody Hobson to drop the surcharge immediately.
Starbucks outlets in the United States typically charge 50 cents to a dollar more for a beverage made with plant-based milk.
Spokesperson Megan Adams told the Associated Press that Starbucks does not charge for splashes of nondairy milk, including soy milk, coconut milk, almond milk and oat milk, although it does charge for customized drinks made largely with those substitutes. takes a surcharge.
This isn’t the first time Starbucks’ overload has upset the public. On Tuesday, activist and actor James Cromwell sticks his hand at the counter of a Starbucks franchise in New York City to oppose the practice.
Cromwell, 81, later used a knife to scrape it off. Police said no arrests have been made.