Don’t let it down, Starbucks.
Sir Paul McCartney, 79, has just learned that the coffee chain is charging Americans for plant-based milks, including soy, oats and almond – and the Beatles just can’t let him make.
So McCartney – who owns multiple homes across the US – calls out the Seattle-based company’s CEO Kevin Johnson in an open letter he wrote with 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 will be able to implement this policy.”
Johnson is set to retire on April 4, forcing McCartney to make his eleventh-hour plea.
“It recently came to my attention that Starbucks in the US has a supplement for plant-based milks as opposed to cow’s milk,” the Wings frontman began in the note.
“I have to say it surprised me,” he continued, adding that Starbucks stores in the UK don’t have a milk substitute supplement. “I would politely ask you to consider this policy also at Starbucks USA.”
The Post asked Starbucks to share its response to the letter.
McCartney’s letter precedes his May 2-3 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 while on tour because any cancellations would be a huge issue, so instead of going to a Starbucks with PETA to donate soy lattes, he decided to participate by personally writing to the company.
Newkirk added, “Even the name of the place is a reminder that cow’s milk production contributes to global climate change, something Starbucks should support.”
McCartney and Co. has long been known for its environmental and animal activism. The legendary songwriter has been open about his vegetarian lifestyle since the 1970s, alongside his late first wife, Linda McCartney, to whom he vowed to continue fighting for animals after her death.
In 2010, McCartney narrated a campaign video for the animal rights group called Glass Walls, which aims to expose the cruel conditions livestock endure on farms and in slaughterhouses. During this time, their daughter, Stella, has become a pioneer in eco-fashion and has worked with PETA on several anti-fur ads.
Most recently, McCartney urged world leaders at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference to adopt the Plant Treaty in the Paris Agreement, which would see their countries move away from animal-supported food industries. .
Eliminating dairy milk from our diet alone would offset the huge amount of natural resources needed to produce it compared to plant-based milks – 10 times more land and two to 20 times more fresh water – while reducing its share of a quarter or more of the carbon footprint, according to the Global Change Data Lab at the University of Oxford.