PETA ‘Primates’ Tell Kroger, ‘Stop the Monkey Business!’

Grocery Chain Must Cut Ties to Coconut Milk Brand That Uses Forced Monkey Labor, Group Says

For Immediate Release:
November 12, 2020

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Nashville, Tenn. – Tomorrow, “monkeys” with chains around their necks will create a ruckus inside and outside a local Kroger store to draw shoppers’ attention to the fact that the grocery chain is still selling coconut milk made from coconuts picked by abused monkeys. PETA has delivered humanely picked coconuts to Kroger executives, but unlike Costco and other major stores that have stopped selling Chaokoh products, Kroger is still pocketing the profits from cruelly obtained coconut milk.

When:    Friday, November 13, 12 noon

Where:    2201 21st Ave. S. (at the intersection with Blair Boulevard), Nashville

PETA Asia’s investigation revealed that young monkeys—most if not all of them illegally captured in the forest as babies—are kept chained when not forced to work, cruelly trained, often driven insane from being deprived of everything that’s natural and important to them, and forced to work long hours climbing trees and collecting coconuts.

“It’s nuts for Kroger to sell milk made from coconuts picked by monkeys who are chained, kept in isolation for a lifetime, and worked until they drop,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is telling Kroger to stop selling coconut milk obtained from monkey labor.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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