The Barefoot Walk For Those Who Can’t Talk
Morgan Redfern-Hardisty, the owner of Cool Beans Café, would rather take part in a barefoot walk across the country, than serve dairy.
This July, the owner of Cool Beans Café in New Zealand updated his menu to be exclusively vegan, nixing
However, the Mangawhai Activity Zone (MAZ) Charitable Trust, owners of the premises has said that the change is not permitted and that the menu must include dairy options.
Redfern-Hardisty says that MAZ is “stuck in the past” and decided that he would close his business on October 22, rather than choosing between “taste and suffering.” He does accept MAZ’s rights to terminate the business agreement, but he questions their motives. MAZ claimed that they received a lot of complaints from people requesting that dairy
When asked if he thought the trust had received monetary donations from “dairy money”, Redfern-Hardisty said it is possible there had been some collaboration. “You’d have to look into is
Chairman of MAZ, Colin Gallagher, is very familiar with the dairy industry, having previously run an ice cream business and was a director of a chocolate manufacturer that used animal-based milk. “We have been extremely fair and generousanimal-basedand it is squarely his decision not ours that he changed from offering both dairy and vegan additives to coffee for our customers, to vegan only,” Gallagher told Newstalk.
An online petition was launched to convince MAZ to reconsider its demand that Cool Beans must stock dairy. In under two weeks, it garnered over 14,000 signatures. Redfern-Hardisty announced he would take part in a barefoot walk the length of New Zealand, along the Te Araroa Trail, with the intention of raising money to combat animal cruelty.
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