Succession star James Cromwell sticks to Starbucks counter in protest of PETA | US News

Oscar-nominated actor James Cromwell hit a counter at a Starbucks branch to protest the company’s surcharge on vegan milk.

The 82-year-old, known for his roles in Succession, Babe: Pig in the City and LA Confidential, joined PETA activists at the protest in New York City.

He sat at a counter wearing a T-shirt that said ‘Free the Animals’ and read a statement decrying the surcharge for alternatives to dairy milk.

“More than 13,000 clients have asked you, now we are asking you,” he said.

“Will they stop charging more for vegan milk?

“When will you stop making huge profits while customers, animals and the environment suffer?

“When will they stop penalizing people for their ethnicities, their morals?”

Cromwell went on to say that the “meaningless” charge affects mother cows, who are forced to reproduce to meet the demand for milk and are then separated from their calves.

“These mothers have to endure the loss of their child over and over again,” Cromwell said.

“They suffer no less than human mothers,” he added.

Cromwell joined other activists at the Starbucks branch in New York City.

Cromwell, who plays the anti-capitalist brother of a billionaire media mogul in Succession, later used a knife to scrape his stuck hand off the counter.

Police said no arrests were made.

Starbucks locations in the United States charge 50 cents to a dollar more for beverages made with plant-based milk.

“Customers can customize any beverage on the menu with a non-dairy milk, including soy milk, coconut milk, almond milk, and oat milk for an additional cost (similar to other beverage customizations, such as a espresso or additional syrup),” a Starbucks spokesperson said in a statement.

“Prices vary market by market.”

The spokesperson added that the coffee chain respects the right of customers to express their opinions “as long as it does not disrupt the operations of our store.”

Cromwell was nominated for an Academy Award for his role as a farmer in the 1995 film Babe and became a vegan after starring in the film.

He became a vegetarian in 1974.

In 2017, he was charged with trespassing for disrupting an orca show at SeaWorld in San Diego.

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