PETA Calls For Immediate End to Thailand’s Cruel Use of Monkeys for Coconut Milk
Melbourne – Chained PETA “monkeys” dressed in prison suits descended on the Royal Thai Consulate General today with signs reading, “Thailand: Stop Coconut Industry Monkey Abuse”, to call on the consul to end the use of monkey labour in Thailand’s coconut industry.
Photos from the demonstration are available here.
The protest follows PETA Asia’s recent investigation, which exposed that Thailand’s coconut industry forces monkeys, who are fitted with tight metal collars and chained for life, to harvest coconuts.
“It’s absurd that monkeys continue to be used to pick coconuts in Thailand in a day and age when consumers are compassionately avoiding products that contribute to animal abuse,” says PETA spokesperson Emily Rice. “Until monkeys are out of the coconut-picking industry in Thailand, PETA is calling on all Australians to buy coconut products that are sourced elsewhere.”
As PETA Asia’s investigation revealed, monkeys are chained, isolated from their peers, transported in small cages, and forced to climb trees and collect coconuts day in and day out. The animals show signs of severe mental distress.
After being alerted to the situation, more than 25,000 stores around the world – including Costco – have pledged not to sell coconut products obtained through monkey labour. PETA is now urging other retailers, including Coles and Woolworths, to join them.
PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.au.