Retailer Walmart has reportedly pulled Chaokoh coconut milk from its shelves following undercover investigations that allegedly revealed the use of forced monkey labor.
The Epoch Times has contacted Walmart and Chaokoh for comment.
"The coconut trade uses social monkeys as chained-up coconut-picking machines, depriving them of any opportunity to eat, play, or spend time with their families," PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman said in a statement. "With one PETA exposé after another confirming cruelty on coconut farms, retailers are dropping Chaokoh left and right. Kudos to Walmart for its kind decision."
'Denied Freedom'"Denied the freedom to move around, socialize with others, or do anything else that is important to them, these intelligent animals slowly lose their minds," PETA said. "Driven to desperation, they pace and circle endlessly on the barren, trash-strewn patches of dirt where they’re chained."
"The terrified young monkeys are forced to perform frustrating and difficult tasks, such as twisting heavy coconuts until they fall off the trees from a great height. An investigator learned that if monkeys try to defend themselves, their canine teeth may be pulled."
Accompanying video footage documenting their alleged findings is disturbing to watch.
The Epoch Times could not verify whether the monkeys in the PETA video were being forced to harvest coconuts.
PETA said that both Chaokoh and the Thai government have "failed to take meaningful action to end the use of forced monkey labor" despite being informed of the situation nearly a year ago and were relying on a "misleading and inadequate audit system" instead of visiting the farms to assess the situation.
Walmart is the latest of 45,000 stores to have cut ties with Chaokoh coconut milk, PETA said, including Wegmans, Costco, Food Lion, Stop & Shop, and Target.
The organization said they are still pushing for other retailers to pull Chaokoh coconut milk from their shelves, including 99 Ranch Market.
"But there may still be the pictures of monkeys collecting coconuts for tourism on video clips, which created a misunderstanding," Jurin said.