Uncovered: Thai Coconut Trade Abuses Primates

A PETA Asia Investigation

For eight months, from December 2021 to July 2022, PETA Asia performed its third investigation into Thailand’s coconut trade, by which chained monkeys are pressured to spend lengthy hours climbing tall bushes and selecting heavy coconuts. In response to worldwide criticism following the discharge of PETA Asia’s two earlier investigations, the Thai authorities and firms that make coconut merchandise have claimed that monkeys are not used within the making of exported merchandise, however PETA Asia’s new investigation has confirmed that rampant abuse of primates continues to be going unchecked—and that Thai coconut trade insiders are intentionally hiding monkey labor of their provide chain.


Regardless of having identified for years in regards to the rampant use of monkey labor within the Thai coconut trade and after new footage from PETA Asia implicated two of its coconut milk suppliers, HelloFresh continues to be refusing to do the suitable factor by transferring its coconut milk provide chain out of Thailand.

View the footage, then take motion to induce HelloFresh to ban Thai coconut milk from its provide chain.

Monkeys Nonetheless Kidnapped, Chained, and Abused in Thailand

The proprietor of 1 “monkey faculty” that investigators visited admitted to purchasing from farmers who use nets to kidnap wild toddler monkeys from their properties and households—regardless that it’s sometimes unlawful.

In nature, macaques reside in giant teams with strict hierarchies and an intense deal with social relationships. However at one of many services investigated, juvenile monkeys slated to be educated for coconut selecting had been avoided different members of their very own species in cages. At one other facility, investigators noticed a chained feminine monkey who was additionally avoided different monkeys, with no meals or water close by and little entry to shade.

Monkeys in coaching are saved chained with inflexible metallic collars round their necks. Handlers use intimidation and abuse to show them to obey. Investigative footage exhibits one coach placing a monkey, dangling him by the neck, after which whipping him with the tether.

A boy trying to coach one other frightened monkey jerks him by the chain round his neck and repeatedly dangles him within the air—doubtless limiting or slicing off his oxygen provide—as he desperately tries to seize the tether.

Monkeys Endure Bites, Stings, and Damaged Bones

When their coaching is full, the monkeys are offered to coconut pickers. An worker at one farm investigators visited revealed that whereas the monkeys are climbing bushes, they’re ceaselessly bitten by ants and stung by hornets, which will be deadly. The employee went on to say that the animals generally incur damaged bones from falling out of the bushes or being violently yanked down.

HelloFresh’s coconut milk suppliers embody Suree and Aroy-D, and brokers in each manufacturers’ provide chains admitted to utilizing monkey labor. A provider to Suree saved monkeys chained on flooded land or trash-strewn patches of dust with nearly no safety from the weather, and a employee in Suree’s provide chain advised investigators that the monkeys can be pressured to select coconuts for greater than a decade earlier than being “retired”—chained up for the remainder of their lives.

In different instances, the monkeys could also be deserted within the forest, regardless that they lack the abilities wanted to outlive on their very own after being bred in captivity or kidnapped as juveniles.

Lies Informed by the Thai Coconut Trade Run Deep

A coconut dealer who spoke to an investigator acknowledged that because of PETA Asia’s earlier investigations, there was intense worldwide strain on the trade to cease utilizing pressured monkey labor. Practically 40,000 grocery shops around the globe have dropped main Thai coconut milk producer Chaokoh and different manufacturers identified to be complicit within the monkeys’ struggling.

However as an alternative of working towards a significant transition to monkey-free harvest strategies—similar to planting shorter bushes whose coconuts are simpler to achieve—farms, brokers, producers, and the Thai authorities are all working to mislead shoppers. One dealer admitted to PETA Asia investigators that with no oversight, coconut pickers merely lie. Brokers proceed shopping for coconuts picked by monkeys and promoting them to firms that make coconut merchandise, and people firms and the federal government tout their “audit system,” regardless that it depends totally on coconut producers’ phrase.

Dishonesty is a trademark of the Thai coconut trade. It’s unimaginable to ensure that any canned coconut milk produced in Thailand—together with that offered by Chaokoh and Ampol Meals (whose father or mother firm is Theppadungporn Coconut Co.), Aroy-D, Cocoburi, Tropicana Oil, Thai Pure, Ampawa, Edward & Sons Buying and selling Co., or Suree—didn’t use pressured monkey labor. However quite a few different firms can make that assure—they provide merchandise comprised of coconuts picked within the Dominican Republic, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and different international locations. PETA urges shoppers to purchase canned coconut milk solely from manufacturers that acquire coconuts from outdoors Thailand. 

Assist Put an Finish to Compelled Monkey Labor within the Thai Coconut Trade

At all times test the labels on coconut milk merchandise, and whether or not it’s in a can, a field, or different packaging, if it reads, “Product of Thailand,” go away the merchandise on the shelf. Coconut water sometimes—however not all the time—comes from coconuts grown on dwarf bushes, together with the Nam Hom selection, and harvesting them doesn’t contain monkey labor.

Please signal under to induce HelloFresh Group—the father or mother firm of meal package manufacturers HelloFresh, Inexperienced Chef, and others—to cease supporting this merciless trade by refusing to make use of coconut milk from Thailand.  


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