How to Shop for Ethical Coconut Products in Australia and New Zealand

So you’ve just learnt that monkeys in Thailand are kept chained, trained using abusive methods, and forced to climb trees to pick coconuts used for coconut milk, oil, and other products.

Coconut shows up on ingredient lists for a lot of products, so figuring out whether what you’re buying is ethical can be confusing at first.

Country of Origin

PETA Asia eyewitnesses visited eight coconut farms in Thailand and documented similar abuse of monkeys in every one of them.

During the investigation, workers told PETA Asia investigators that coconuts harvested from these facilities are sold to Chaokoh (a brand of the Theppadungporn Coconut Co, Ltd, which is sold under the label TCC in Australia and New Zealand). This is why we’re calling on Chaokoh to stop selling coconut products that monkey labour was used for.

The use of monkey labour is a traditional practice in Thailand, but not everywhere in the world. In general, coconut farms in Brazil, Colombia, Hawaii, India, and the Philippines do not use monkey labour, and because dwarf trees are commonly used for its production, coconut water does not usually use monkeys. Tractor-mounted hydraulic lifts, willing human tree-climbers, rope or platform systems, or ladders can all be used instead of monkeys.

Monkey-Free Brands

The following brands sold in Australia and New Zealand have policies of sourcing from farms where no monkey labour is used:

  • Australia’s Own
  • Ayam
  • Cere’s Organics
  • Chef’s Choice (including Nature’s Charm)
  • Follow Your Heart
  • Kara
  • Melrose
  • Miyoko’s Creamery
  • Nakula
  • Nature’s Way
  • Nudie
  • Raglan
  • Raw C
  • Sanitarium (So Good)
  • Sheese
  • Trident

This list is not comprehensive and may be updated at any time in accordance with the findings of PETA Asia’s investigations or new information received by PETA. To see more brands available internationally, click here.

Avoiding animal-derived foods is a great first step towards stopping the exploitation of animals, but it’s only the first. We must always seek to know more about the production process of items we purchase.

Please watch the PETA Asia investigation, share it with your friends on Facebook, and take action – first by asking Chaokoh to stop using monkey labour via the form on our website and then when you shop.