Connect with us

Business

PETA reveals ‘abused’ monkeys used to pick coconuts in Thailand

Thaiger

Published

 on 

PHOTO: PETA

A boycott is in full swing amongst western retailers to pull Thai coconut products off their shelves following allegations that the coconuts have been picked by monkeys who were ‘abused’ to learn how to pick coconuts. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals director, Elisa Allen, claims the macaque monkeys are “snatched from the wild” and cruelly trained to climb up coconut trees and pick up to 1,000 coconuts a day.

“These curious, highly intelligent animals are denied psychological stimulation, companionship, freedom, and everything else that would make their lives worth living, all so that they can be used to gather coconuts.”

PETA says that the Thai pigtailed macaques are treated like “coconut-picking machines”. A new investigation into Thailand’s coconut industry reveals the monkeys are confined to cramped cages, chained, and forced to work. PETA reports that the monkeys are used by commercial farms that supply 2 of Thailand’s best-known coconut milk brands, Aroy-D and Chaokoh. Both brands are exported EU countries and the US.

In the UK, Waitrose, Ocado, Co-op and Boots have now announced they will stop selling some coconut products from Thailand. A spokesperson for Tesco told the BBC… “Our own-brand coconut milk and coconut water does not use monkey labour in its production and we don’t sell any of the branded products identified by PETA”.

“Following PETA’s Asia’s investigation, more than 15,000 stores will no longer purchase these brands’ products, with the majority also no longer buying any coconut products sourced from Thailand monkey labour.”

PETA has shared a video narrated by Downton Abbey star Peter Egan. According to PETA, the video shows ‘monkeys pacing and circling endlessly on chains… confined to cramped cages with no shelter from the rain… forced to climb trees and pick coconuts for milk sold by major brands’.

PETE claims it had found 8 farms in Thailand where monkeys were forced to pick coconuts for export around the world. Male monkeys can pick up to 1,000 coconuts in a day. It’s thought that a human can pick about 80.

“Other coconut-growing regions, including Brazil, Colombia and Hawaii, harvest coconuts using humane methods such as tractor-mounted hydraulic elevators, willing human tree-climbers, rope or platform systems, or ladders, or they plant dwarf coconut trees.”

The group said it has uncovered “monkey schools”, where the macaque species monkeys are trained to pick coconuts, fruit, as well as ride bikes or play basketball for the entertainment of tourists.

“The animals at these facilities, many of whom are illegally captured as babies, displayed stereotypic behaviour indicative of extreme stress.”

 

Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forum
🔔 Subscribe to our daily newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram

image

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Avatar

    Glenn

    Sunday, July 5, 2020 at 7:35 pm

    Ah HA! a brain fart. if one minkey can pick 1000 coconuts and 1 human can pick only 80, that’s 12.5 times the production.

    But PETA wants ethical treatment of minkeys – so, Thai govt can dictate that 12.5 out of work Thais (bartenders, bar workers, travel agencies, etc etc from CV19, ahem govt caused shut down) be hired to take the place of the overworked minkeys.

    Pay them whatever, hey, the govt can just borrow more money into existence anyways.

    Problem solved – ssshhhhh…. don’t tell anyone or A Nutty en person…

  2. Avatar

    Alex

    Monday, July 6, 2020 at 12:16 am

    Good job Peta. Expose the animal cruelty and abuse! And Glenn, it’s not about production, it’s about Animal Welfare… That’s difficult to understand for someone with no empathy whatsoever, so I thought I would like to point that out to you! Still, I don’t think an individual like yourself can’t even comprehend the atrocities and the cruelty which are inflicted upon to these animals. You’re the worst example for what I call a human, that’s why people like me, refer to characters like you, as inhumane… Human/Humane, get it! Furthermore, your comment makes no sense at all, it looks manic coming from a very disturbed individual…

    • Avatar

      Negative Man

      Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 3:24 pm

      Honestly i don’t really care
      Somehow most of them always related to political
      I still buy theirs products

      But how about use err pig to…nevermind

  3. Avatar

    Sam

    Monday, July 6, 2020 at 4:04 pm

    these monkeys are not the right species. its fake news, trade wars and rich coconut competitors paying PETA donations to make fake news.. so they can steal the coconut trade

  4. Avatar

    Kim Marie

    Monday, July 6, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    Thank you so much for publishing this article. I will never buy products from Aroy-D and Chaokoh again as it is immoral to enslave monkeys, period.

  5. Avatar

    LucyP

    Monday, July 6, 2020 at 10:33 pm

    This is exploitation, plain and simple. I’m so glad PETA exposed this. Caring people will not buy coconut products that are obtained by monkeys’ toil.

  6. Avatar

    Michelle

    Monday, July 6, 2020 at 10:43 pm

    Way to go PETA, exposing this. It’s unthinkable the places where cruelty hides sometimes. I hope all the retailers carrying these products drop them immediately.

  7. Avatar

    amy donovan

    Monday, July 6, 2020 at 11:22 pm

    Thanks,PETA!I had no idea that this type of cruelty existed. Animals should be left alone, not snatched from their natural habitats, imprisoned, abused, and put to work.

  8. Avatar

    man

    Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 11:28 am

    Ok, this might create a bit of controversy but I feel prompted to respond to this article because I think that -amongst others things- this is a clear example of cultural colonization.

    Few points:

    I’ve lived in Thailand for over 5 years now and I’ve seen part of the monkey’s coconut reality. Refering to the ‘animal abuse’, I would like to say that like anything else in this world, you can find all kind of cases from bad to good and anything in between.

    I’ve personally meet coconut monkey’s owners who had an incredibly strong bond with their animals and you could see that the owner loved his monkey so much. After all, his monkey was his enterprise, his source of income and it was treated as a spoiled pet. Of course, he still needed to keep the monkey on a chain most of the time but….don’t we also keep dogs chained?

    I’ve also seen monkey’s chained to coconut trucks in the roads of Koh Samui as they trasport the coconuts from the farm to the market, etc. However, in the same roads, I’ve also seen people driving motorbike with no helmet (often more than 2 people and babies in the motorbike) and a whole bunch of other crazy stuff.

    I think PETA is sharing a very miopic view of this reality. I wonder if they are interested in looking deeper into the situation? They would then see that these monkeys are also supporting the lives of many poor local families in rural areas in Thailand. They are feeding families! No every monkey’s owner is abusing their animal that is for sure.

    I wonder…..Would it be better to have the coconut owners or undocumented or irregular migrant workers to climb up the coconut trees? I don’t think so.

    Should we stop consuming coconut? I certainly wont.

    Being said this:

    I don’t think hurting monkeys should be allowed and there should be regulations around this industry too. However, there are so many factors involved and before pointing fingers or writing this kind of misleading and highly sensitive content, we should get a bigger perspective of the whole picture!

    • Avatar

      Just Passing

      Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 3:18 pm

      @ man: agreed, you made a couple of valid points and to some extent the points I agree with (Family livelihoods, not all farmers are animal abusers) However, this particular investigation, upon this article has made its claims, has found and presented evidence that would draw a clear inference of animal abuse, referring to the farms in question.
      A dog on a chain analogy, probably not the best choice to support your argument. (city bylaws, provincial laws etc) many cases no choice. Monkeys don’t come under the same set of laws.
      Given there are farms with good and bad manufacturing policies, selling their product to the 2 brands named. By boycotting the brands as PETA is promoting, is pressuring the Big Brands to regulate and monitor their sources… (Sweat shops+brands= Human Trafficking)

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

If you have story ideas, a restaurant to review, an event to cover or an issue to discuss, contact The Thaiger editorial staff.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Coronavirus (Covid-19)22 mins ago

Monday Covid Update: 8,675 new cases and 44 deaths

Vietnam15 hours ago

Ho Chi Minh launches 3-stage reopening plan, international on January 1

Kanchanaburi16 hours ago

Border shacks to be demolished for aiding Burmese immigrants

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Tourism17 hours ago

Tourism calls for Russia and India to be added to safe list

Economy18 hours ago

Bank of Thailand plans real-world test of digital currency in 2022

Hua Hin18 hours ago

Hua Hin calls for delay in reopening amid Covid-19 infections

image
Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Chiang Mai19 hours ago

Chiang Mai Covid-19 infections swell ahead of reopening

Koh Samui20 hours ago

Thailand’s bars and beach parties remain strictly closed (cough)

Coronavirus (Covid-19)20 hours ago

Covid-19 Sunday: Deaths fall to low of 56, provincial data

Tourism21 hours ago

Ministry of Foreign Affairs sings praises of Thailand Pass

Coronavirus (Covid-19)22 hours ago

Covid-19 in prison: outbreaks from overcrowding now subsiding

Coronavirus (Covid-19)23 hours ago

Covid-19 deaths receding, but still here; 1 month old baby dies

Crime2 days ago

Van packed with 39 illegal burmese workers stopped in Phichit

Vietnam2 days ago

Vietnam to test reopening starting with Phu Quoc Island

World2 days ago

Chinese law to limit homework and tutoring pressure on kids

Thailand1 month ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism8 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism8 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism8 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand10 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand10 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Trending