Starbucks, Stop Exploiting Animals And Humans - Be a Leader In Social Change
Starbucks claims to follow a strict code of ethical standards including social responsibility and a commitment to animal welfare, from the coffee it serves, to the food it sells. However, its system is terribly flawed. In Ethiopia, the largest exporter of coffee in the world, a coffee worker’s day’s worth of pay is one dollar - sometimes less, as stated here. As of this year, 92.6% of all Starbucks coffee is not fair-trade. Animals are continuously exploited and treated as milk, egg, and flesh machines. About 70 billion land animals and 1 trillion aquatic animals die every year for human consumption worldwide. Starbucks uses over 140 million gallons of milk a year. For every latte, 18oz of milk is used to 2oz of coffee - which makes Starbucks more of a milk company than a coffee company! In addition, 20% of its profit comes from the bodies of animals the company exploits: tuna fishes, turkeys, cows, chickens and pigs.
What we petition from Starbucks:
- To work closely with fair trade organizations.
- To expand their philanthropy partner pool to include animal sanctuaries and organizations that fight discrimination, inequality and speciesism.
- To publicly state these changes because it is the right thing to do.
- To commit to ethically sourced plant-based products, whose manufacturing does not involve the exploitation of human or non-human animals.
Why are we petitioning human rights and animal rights? We cannot think of oppressions such as the ones of gender, race, class, ability, species, sexual orientation, and so on, as isolated and independent from one another. The oppression of humans and animals interact on multiple levels, contributing to systemic injustice and social inequality.
Investors like Bill Gates have invested heavily in successful plant-based companies, like the revolutionary Beyond Meat and Just Mayo. Because it is the right thing to do and because our future depend on plant-based foods: raising animals for human consumption is the number one cause of land, air and water pollution.
Starbucks has over 21,000 stores, an extremely diverse customer base, and the foundation for creating a completely ethical company. Now we are asking them to use this to their advantage and lead a new generation the movement of responsible companies.
Starbucks, lead the way into a more fair and humane world without the use of animals, without exploiting humans and to invite other companies to follow your footsteps!
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