PETA Investigation Reveals Monkeys Chained And Abused To Collect Coconuts
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Investigators found eight farms where primates are abused in a bid to make them collect coconuts. Some of the farms go on to supply the fruit to Thailand's major coconut milk producers, Aroy-D and Chaokoh.
Many brands have now pledged to stop stocking and selling products obtained from suppliers that use monkey labour.
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 US and their 2,758 Boots stores in the UK and Thailand.
As well as that, 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 labour.
According to a PETA press release, more than 15,000 stores will no longer purchase these brands' products, with the majority also no longer buying any coconut products sourced from Thailand monkey labour.
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The monkeys are said to be forced to perform frustrating and difficult tasks, such as twisting heavy coconuts until they fall off the trees from a great height. An investigator learned that if monkeys try to defend themselves, their canine teeth may be pulled.
The press release goes on to outline how one investigator saw monkeys being transported in cramped cages that were barely large enough for them to turn around in and others left in locked cages in the back of a pickup truck, with no shelter from the driving rain.
One monkey was seen frantically shaking the cage bars in a vain attempt to escape. Tethered by the neck with a metal collar, the monkeys are forced to climb up and down trees and collect up to 1,000 coconuts per day.
Other coconut-growing regions-including Brazil, Colombia, and Hawaii-harvest coconuts using humane methods such as tractor-mounted hydraulic elevators, willing human tree-climbers, rope or platform systems, or ladders, or they plant dwarf coconut trees.
In a statement to LADbible, a Co-op spokesperson said: "As an ethical retailer, we do not permit the use of monkey labour to source ingredients for our products."
A Waitrose spokesperson added: "Waitrose & Partners supports PETA's aim to end the use of monkey labour in the coconut industry. As part of our animal welfare policy we have committed to never knowingly sell any products sourced from monkey labour."
Walgreens Boots Alliance also said: "Walgreens Boots Alliance has committed to not stock Aroy-D, Chaokoh, and not knowingly sell any owned brand coconut food and drink products of Thai origin in its stores in the UK, U.S. and Thailand."
LADbible has reached out to Boots, Morrisons and Ocado for comment.
Featured Image Credit: PETA Asia