While Idaho seems like a fairly conservative place across the state, its university campuses are proving to have a different set of values and priorities. Students at the University of Idaho on Wednesday protested a Starbucks near the campus for not offering free vegan milk-alternatives.
Please note that Starbucks provides vegan milk-alternatives. But the students want it for free.
Sponsored by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and led by student protestor and president of the campus’ Local Herbivore Society (such a thing actually exists), Kaylee Carr, the students claim they desire to “peacefully raise awareness about the fact that Starbucks is penalizing people for choosing a healthier drink option that doesn’t support animal abuse and is better for the environment by charging extra for plant-based milk options.”
The student leader told Campus Reform, “We are urging Starbucks to stop charging extra for vegan milks because Starbucks shouldn’t be penalizing people for choosing a healthier option that doesn’t support animal abuse and is better for the environment.”
Carr seems to repeat that phrase, or a variant of it, repeatedly as though a programmed social media drone. Nonetheless, she has her lines down and has memorized the script.
Marta Holberg, the Senior Director of Youth Programs Director for PETA on the Idaho campus said, “Continuing to charge more for vegan milk while admitting that it’s the key to reducing Starbucks’ massive carbon footprint is irresponsible and unethical. Young people are leading the charge in demanding that the company wake up and smell the coffee: It’s time for the unfair surcharge to end.”
The students’ coffee-protest website acknowledges that soy milk alternatives are inexpensive, but they’re still demanding Starbucks to absorb the cost rather than consumers.