Published by Rebecca Maness.

After hearing from PETA, Purple Carrot is ending its contract with its Thai supplier and switching to coconut milk from Sri Lanka and the Philippines. The change came after PETA informed the vegan meal kit company about how the Thai coconut industry abuses monkeys by chaining them and forcing them to climb trees to pick coconuts.

purple carrot promotional image with box and various meals and ingredients© Purple Carrot

From December 2021 to July 2022, PETA Asia conducted its third investigation into Thailand’s coconut industry, in which chained monkeys are forced to spend long hours climbing tall trees and picking heavy coconuts. In response to international criticism following the release of PETA Asia’s two previous investigations, the Thai government and companies that make coconut products have claimed that monkeys are no longer used in the making of exported products. But PETA Asia’s latest investigation confirmed that rampant abuse of primates is still going unchecked—and that Thai coconut industry insiders are deliberately hiding monkey labor in their supply chain.

If you’re wondering how you can help monkeys used in the coconut industry, the best thing you can do is avoid companies that source canned coconut milk from Thailand. Only buy canned coconut milk from monkey labor–free brands you can find in grocery stores and from meal-delivery companies like Purple Carrot that have made the switch to non-Thai coconut milk.

Here’s a helpful list of meal-delivery companies that don’t support forced monkey labor:

*These companies are PETA Business Friends.

These companies are vegan.

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