Target: Leonard Riggio, CEO of Barnes and Noble
Goal: Offer vegan food options at the Barnes and Noble Cafe.
As veganism is becoming mainstream and the animal rights movement is gaining momentum, cafes are taking notice and offering vegan options. However, some cafes and restaurants are dragging their heels when it comes to offering vegan food options. If Barnes and Noble were to offer vegan food choices, they would greatly benefit from an increase in customers and they would be decreasing the number of animals killed for food.
As a vegan, it can be hard to find places that offer snacks and treats. While veganism is on the rise, there are plenty of places still reluctant to support the movement. Barnes and Noble is one of these places. The cafe is full of pastries and sandwiches, none of which are vegan. They used to offer a vegan wrap, but discontinued that sandwich in favor of another meat-based one. If Barnes and Noble were to offer vegan pastries, especially for children, they would see an increase in business. Vegans are quick to support a business that gives them options, letting that business know that offering vegan options is a smart move.
While choosing more humane animal suppliers is certainly a good thing, in the case of saving the environment, it simply isn’t enough. It is a well-known fact that animal agriculture is a huge contributor to the rise in climate change. Offering more vegan options in the cafe would cut down on the production of animal-based foods that Barnes and Noble locations receive every week. Warehouses would stop stocking so many animal-based products and customers would buy more vegan options. This would have a noticeable impact on the rate of climate change.
Every year roughly 56 billion farm animals are killed for food. It is hard to argue that one can humanely kill an animal that does not want to die. There are more humane ways to kill someone and some places use those methods. But it comes down to killing a being who does not want to die, and that hardly seems humane. Please sign the petition below to urge Barnes and Noble to help save animals by offering more vegan options in their cafe.
Dear Mr. Riggio,
Barnes and Noble has certainly given a nod to vegans by offering almond and soy milk in the cafes. A soy milk latte isn’t going to be the thing that really brings in a vegan, especially when there are other cafes offering the same beverages. By offering more vegan food options, you would be increasing your customer base, helping to cut down on climate change due to factory farming and you would be decreasing the number of animals killed for human consumption.
Being vegan with a craving for a sweet pastry can at times be a little tricky. Unfortunately, there are no vegan brownies or cookies or any pastry offered at the Barnes and Noble cafe. This means that you are losing out on a customer base that would be a great source of support for business.
Offering vegan pastries would be a great show of support for fighting climate change. Cutting down on the demand for animal-based products would slow down that production and thus slow down the pollution that comes from factory farming. This would also decrease the number of animals killed every year for human consumption, animals that don’t want to die and spend the majority of their lives in filthy locations.
I urge you to offer vegan options in your cafe–options like brownies and cookies, as well as sweet treats and lunch items to go along with those almond milk and soy milk beverages. Show customers that you’re concerned with the environment and animal welfare by bringing plant-based foods into your cafe.
[Your Name Here]
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