Animal rights activist and actor James Cromwell has superglued his hands to a Starbucks counter in New York City, in an effort to protest against vegan milk surcharges implemented by the coffee chain.
Organised by PETA, the “glue-in” protest was live-streamed on Facebook, held up the Starbucks for at least 35 minutes, leading chants and railing against the living conditions for dairy cows, along with the environmental impacts of dairy farming.
When police officers arrived, the store was shut down, and most of the protestants dispersed, with Cromwell and another man ‘stuck’ in the store a little longer, as authorities worked to remove them from the counter.
“My friends at PETA and I are calling on Starbucks to stop punishing kind and environmentally conscious customers for choosing plant milks,” Cromwell said in a statement. “We all have a stake in the life-and-death matter of the climate catastrophe, and Starbucks should do its part by ending its vegan upcharge.”
A Starbucks spokesperson told Rolling Stone that all demonstrators are treated as customers first, though they said this particular protest violated the store’s ‘third place policy’.The spokesperson said the demonstration caused “a disruption to our store operation and posed a risk to the safety of themselves and those around them. We respect our customers’ rights to respectfully voice their opinions, so long as it does not disrupt our store operations”.
This is not the first time Cromwell has taken part in a major PETA protest either. Back in 2017, the actor was arrested at SeaWorld in San Diego after he and other activists disrupted one of the park’s “Orca Encounter” shows in protest of SeaWorld’s infamous and controversial treatment of orca whales.