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Interfaith group calls on Starbucks to remove vegan milk surcharge

A group of Christian, Hindu, Buddhist and Jewish leaders are calling on Starbucks to stop charging supplements for vegan milk alternatives, saying the practice amounts to a tax on people who have adopted plant-based lifestyles.

In a statement on Friday, an interfaith coalition led by Nevada-based Hindu activist Rajan Zed urged the coffee chain to end surcharges it called “unethical and unfair”.

“A coffee company should not be in the business of taxing individuals who have chosen the plant-based lifestyle,” said Zed’s statement, also signed by Thomas W. Blake, an Episcopal priest; Greek Orthodox clergyman Stephen R. Karcher; Buddhist priest Matthew Fisher; and Jewish Rabbi ElizaBeth Webb Beyer.

Religious leaders have cited many reasons why some Starbucks customers prefer dairy alternatives, including dietary restrictions, ethical issues, environmental concerns, lactose intolerance, milk allergies and child welfare. animals.

Those who want plant-based milk shouldn’t have to pay more, they said, calling on Seattle-based company CEO Howard Schultz and board chair Mellody Hobson to drop out immediately. the surcharge.

Starbucks outlets in the United States typically charge 50 cents to a dollar more for plant-based milk drinks.

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