Ask Retailers to Reconsider Their Relationship With Brand Linked to Monkey Labor

Many kind people choose coconut milk instead of cow’s milk because they don’t want to support cruelty to animals. But a disturbing PETA Asia investigation revealed that terrified young monkeys in Thailand are kept chained, abusively trained, and forced to climb trees by workers to pick coconuts that are used to make coconut milk, meat, flour, oil, and other products.

PETA Asia investigators visited eight farms on which workers force monkeys to pick coconuts—including those for one of Thailand’s major coconut milk producers, Chaokoh (pronounced CHOW-kaw)—as well as several monkey-training facilities and a coconut-picking competition. At each one, eyewitnesses documented that these sensitive animals were abused and exploited. The young monkeys are 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, workers will pull out their canine teeth.

Workers force monkeys who are tethered by the neck with a metal collar to climb up and down trees and collect coconuts.

Costco—one of the largest grocery chains in the U.S.—has cut ties with Chaokoh coconut milk brand after discussions with PETA and hearing from more than 30,000 concerned shoppers like you. 🐒 ❤️

Take action by contacting other companies that still support forced monkey labor!

Please help persuade the following retailers to stop selling these abusively obtained products by taking a moment to tell them that you won’t shop there until they reconsider their relationship with brands that depend on forced monkey labor.

Not sure what to say? Our talking points can help guide your conversation:

  • Please reconsider your company’s ties to coconut milk brand Chaokoh, because monkeys are kept chained and driven insane as they’re forced to pick coconuts—and if they try to defend themselves, their teeth may be pulled out.
  • I will encourage my friends and family to shop elsewhere until you no longer condone the exploitation of monkeys.

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“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

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