Walmart drops coconut milk brand Chaokoh over alleged monkey job

Walmart says it has stopped selling a brand of coconut milk – because the manufacturer allegedly uses forced monkey labor.

Chaokoh coconut milk has been accused by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals of keeping monkeys in chains and forcing them to harvest coconuts.

PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman said in a statement that the Thai company treats monkeys like “chained coconut-picking machines.”

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said it conducted investigations that found the company was using monkey labor to harvest coconuts.
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PETA activists mask monkeys during an action outside the Thai Embassy in Jakarta.
PETA activists protesting against Chaokoh and other companies in the coconut industry using monkey labor in Jakarta, Indonesia, December 8, 2020.
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PETA said it conducted two secret investigations into Chaokoh Coconut Milk and claims to have found “monkey cruelty at every farm, at every monkey training center, and at every coconut picking contest that used labor. monkeys”.

PETA has pressured major retailers to drop Chaokoh coconut milk while releasing disturbing videos of the company’s alleged treatment of monkeys.

In addition to Walmart, Wegmans, Costco, Target, Stop&Shop and many other retailers have pulled Chaokoh from their shelves.

After Wegmans pulled Chaokoh from its shelves in 2020, Chaokoh’s parent company, Theppadungporn Coconut Co. Ltd, told USA Today that it “does not use monkey labor on our coconut plantations.”

New York Post

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