Beatles’ Sir Paul McCartney recently learned that the coffee chain, Starbucks is up-charging Americans for plant-based milks, including soy, oat, and almond and the Beatle is opposing the matter.
Paul McCartney opens up on the matter
McCartney — who owns multiple homes in the US — is calling out CEO Kevin Johnson of the Seattle-based company in an open letter he penned with the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
“My friends at PETA are campaigning for this,” McCartney wrote in the letter, first published on Billboard.com. “I sincerely hope that for the future of the planet and animal welfare you are able to implement this policy.”
Johnson is reportedly due to retire on April 4, compelling McCartney to make his eleventh-hour plea.
“It recently came to my attention that Starbucks in the USA has an extra charge for plant-based milks as opposed to cow’s milk,” the Wings frontman began in the note.
“I must say this surprised me,” he continued, adding that Starbucks stores in the UK do not have a surcharge on milk alternatives. “I would like to politely request that you consider this policy also in Starbucks USA.”
The Post reported that thet asked Starbucks to share its response to the letter. McCartney’s letter comes ahead of his May 2 and 3 concerts at — coincidentally — Seattle’s Climate Pledge Arena.
PETA president Ingrid Newkirk told The Post in an exclusive statement, “Paul is in a bit of a COVID-19 bubble on the tour as any cancellation would be a huge problem, so instead of going out to a Starbucks with PETA to give away soy lattes, he decided to pitch in by personally writing to the company.”