The owner of a vegan cafe that was forced to close after customer complaints about not serving dairy milk will protest walking throughout New Zealand.
Morgan Redfern-Hardisty, owner of Cool Beans in the North Island of New Zealand, received information from The Mangawhai Activity Zone Charitable Trust (MAZCT), which manages coffee operations, could not renew his contract, forcing him to close his deal.
Since July 27, the cafeteria offers herbal products.
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The Cool Beans café is expected to close on Labor Day after refusing to serve cow's milk
"The relationship between the trust and myself has been very contaminated," Redfern-Hardisty said in a video on the Facebook page of Cool Beans Cafe.
& # 39; I'm going to do something I've wanted to do for a while but I never had time to do it and that's the Camino de Te Araroa.
& # 39; And I will do it and I'll call it the barefoot walk for those who can not talk & # 39;
Redfern-Hardisty will cross the Te Araroa trail, which is 3000 km barefoot.
The Te Araroa trail is 3000km long and is expected to take Refern-Hardisty approximately five months barefoot.
The protest comes in response to the closure of their cafeteria amid complaints about not serving milk. It will also aim to create awareness about life based on plants.
Refern-Hardisty has said that the last day of operation of the store will be October 22 – New Zealand Labor Day.
The board that has the premise of the cafeteria has taken the decision not to renew the contract.
MAZCT president Colin Gallagher made the decision to close the business after nine alleged public complaints.
But Redfern-Hardisty said the number of complaints was nothing compared to the support received from customers, and that the business increased by 25 percent since the menu change.
"I think I had a client during those four weeks who said, 'No, I just drink normal milk,' but 98 percent of New Zealanders adapted," he said.
An online petition was established on change.org to stop the coffee closure and has received about 15,000 signatures from supporters.
Redfern-Hardisty became vegan three years ago after developing Crohn's disease, a condition that causes inflammation in the digestive tract, which can cause abdominal pain.
Coffee serves products based solely on plants as a means to reduce environmental impact.