Ubiquitous coffee retailer Starbucks is facing controversy over its recent store policy which prohibits pugs from purchasing coffee.
“It’s outrageous,” says Tiffany Wainright, who created a petition to upend the policy on Change.org, which, as of this writing, has 34,000 signatures. “Pugs are people too, and they occasionally need a pick-me-up. Why shouldn’t they be allowed to have Starbucks coffee? It’s pure discrimination.”
In a statement released on Starbucks’ website earlier today, the coffee giant responded to the uproar, stating: “We love dogs and dog owners who enjoy our products with their pets. But coffee is not healthy for dogs, and we cannot support anyone giving it to them. To ensure the health and safety of pets, we have prohibited serving coffee to them across all of our stores.”
This story is developing, and will be updated accordingly.