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EP. 127: Monkeys in Thailand Abused by Coconut Milk Industry

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Release Date: 07/08/2020

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PETA has exposed video of monkeys being used to pick coconuts in an example of the inhumane treatment of animals in Thailand's coconut industry. Jason Baker, VP PETA Asia, says the government is trying to deny the monkey abuse exists. But the video doesn't lie. Already, some major stores have stopped buying Thai coconuts because of the exploitation of monkeys.

See the video at PETA.org

PETA Asia investigators visited eight farms where monkeys are forced to pick coconuts—including those for Thailand’s major coconut milk producers, Aroy-D and Chaokoh—as well as several monkey-training facilities and a coconut-picking competition. At each one, they documented that these sensitive animals were abused and exploited. After being alerted to the situation by PETA, Cost Plus World Market made the decision to stop selling the Chaokoh brand of coconut milk, and Ahold Delhaize and its family of brands (including Giant FoodFood LionStop & Shop, and Hannaford in the U.S. as well as Albert Heijn in the Netherlands), some of which had been selling Aroy-D and Chaokoh brand coconut milk, have pledged to stop knowingly stocking and selling any products obtained from suppliers that use monkey labor. After hearing from PETA, Walgreens Boots Alliance has committed to not stock Aroy-D or Chaokoh, and not knowingly sell any own-brand coconut food and drink products of Thai origin in their 9,277 Walgreens and 250 Duane Reade stores in the U.S. and 2,758 Boots stores in the U.K. and Thailand, and Morrisons has suspended its supply of Chaokoh products pending an investigation and Ocado, Waitrose, and Co-op have committed to never knowingly stocking any products from suppliers that use monkey labor.

 

 

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Originally released July 8, 2020