‘Success’ star James Cromwell sticks hand to Starbucks counter in protest – National

Oscar-nominated actor and animal rights activist James Cromwell taped himself to a counter at a Starbucks in New York City on Tuesday to protest the company’s surcharge on vegan milk.

The protest was organized by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), whose 82-year-old Cromwell is its honorary director.

PETA livestreamed the protest, which lasted about half an hour, with Cromwell on the counter of the Starbucks wearing a “Free the Animals” T-shirt. He and other protesters held signs asking Starbucks to “stop charging more for vegan milk.”

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“There’s no reason for it except greed,” Cromwell told customers at the Starbucks on Broadway between West 39th and 40th Street. “Will you stop asking more for vegan milk? When will you stop making huge profits while customers, animals and the environment suffer?”

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Cromwell was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the film in 1995 baby† He currently stars as the anti-capitalist uncle Ewan Roy on the hit HBO show succession

Cromwell said Starbucks is being hypocritical by charging more for milk substitutes.

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“Starbucks claims it wants to be more sustainable, but it discourages customers from choosing sustainable products,” he said during a speech at the chain cafe. “The company claims to be committed to inclusion and diversity, but it still discriminates against those who cannot have dairy.”

During the protest, Cromwell and protesters chanted: “Save the planet, save the cows, stop the vegan surcharge now!”

Depending on the city, Starbucks charges about 50 to 70 cents more for dairy alternatives such as soy, oat and almond milks. The surcharge was recently scrapped in the UK, but still persists in Canada and the US

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“My friends at PETA and I are calling on Starbucks to stop punishing friendly and environmentally conscious customers for choosing plant-based milks,” Cromwell said in a PETA press release. “We all have a part in the life-and-death issue of the climate catastrophe, and Starbucks should do its part by ending the vegan surcharge.”

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After about 15 minutes of protest, uniformed New York police officers entered the Starbucks and spoke to one of the PETA protesters, though they appeared to allow the protest to continue. They came back after another 10 minutes and started leading the protesters outside saying, “You can do whatever you want outside.”

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After about half an hour, the video shows Cromwell using a knife to scrape the glue off his hand and remove himself from the counter.

PETA confirmed that no one was arrested.

Starbucks has not yet publicly commented on the incident.

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