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    End Monkey Business Now!


    Costco is the latest retailer to drop Chaokoh coconut milk over allegations of forced monkey labor, PETA says

    Kelly Tyko, USA TODAYThu, October 29, 2020, 1:55 AM GMT+7

    Don't expect to find coconut milk on Costco shelves on your next shopping trip.

    The retailer is the latest pledging not to stock coconut products from Thai suppliers who have been accused of using monkeys as forced labor, officials from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals exclusively told USA TODAY.

    Costco follows Walgreens, Food Lion, Giant Food and Stop & Shop, who also stopped stocking brands of coconut milk including Chaokoh after PETA alleged that monkeys in Thailand were picking coconuts.

    "No kind shopper wants monkeys to be chained up and treated like coconut-picking machines," PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said in a statement. "Costco made the right call to reject animal exploitation, and PETA is calling on holdouts like Kroger to follow suit."

    A Costco representative said the company was "not able" to respond to USA TODAY’s request for comment. PETA provided USA TODAY with a letter that Ken Kimble, Costco’s vice president and general merchandise manager of corporate food and sundries, sent to Newkirk.
    “We have ceased purchasing from our supplier/owner of the brand Chaokoh,” Kimble wrote in the letter, dated Sept. 29. “We will continue to monitor the implementation of the harvest policies and once satisfied will resume purchasing.”

    Costco also reportedly pulled Palmetto Cheese
    after the cheese company's founder called Black Lives Matter a "terror organization."
    In the letter, Kimble said Costco shared Newkirk’s “concern about the alleged treatment of monkeys” and launched an investigation when it became aware of the potential issue.

    “We have made it clear to the supplier that we do not support the use of monkeys for harvesting and that all harvesting must be done by human labor,” Kimble wrote. “In turn, our supplier has contractually required the same of all its suppliers. In addition, our supplier is in the process of visiting every one of its supplier farms to communicate the harvest policies.”

    The Thailand-based maker of Chaokoh coconut milk, Theppadungporn Coconut Co. Ltd, told USA TODAY that it has audited coconut plantations using a third party and shared a copy of the 14-page “Monkey-Free Coconut Due Diligence Assessment.” The report says 64 farms out of 817 were randomly selected and "did not find the use of monkey for coconut harvesting."

    "Following the recent news about the use of “monkey labour” in Thailand’s coconut industry, Chaokoh, one of the world’s leaders in coconut milk production, reassures that we do not engage the use of monkey labour in our coconut plantations," the company said in a statement, which noted that its suppliers have signed memorandums of understanding that no monkey labor at their farms.

    Two Chaokoh products were listed on Costco's Business Center website Tuesday, but not the regular Costco site. The brand also was listed for sale on Target, Walmart and Kroger's websites.

    Walmart and Target did not immediately comment on whether they would also make changes.

    “Kroger has a longstanding commitment to responsible business practices, including the humane treatment of animals,” the retailer said in a statement to USA TODAY. “We have re-engaged our suppliers, as well as other stakeholders, on this issue to re-confirm they are also protecting animal welfare.”

    Kroger is the nation's largest grocery chain.

    PETA has been pushing stores to stop selling coconut milk allegedly made with coconuts harvested by monkeys since it began investigating the alleged animal exploitation in 2019.

    Kent Stein, PETA's corporate responsibility officer, said the investigation found that the monkeys can pick around 400 coconuts a day while in chains. They are then confined to cages.

    “Just because something is legal or accepted, it doesn’t mean it’s OK,” Stein said, adding that the Tourism Authority of Thailand website promotes monkey labor. “What really drives this change is retailers not supporting the product, and of course, customers not buying the product. Costco being a major player should have an impact.”

    PETA lists on its website coconut milk products that it says don't involve forced monkey labor.
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    The working monkeys thus made redundant will be shipped off to China for monkey brain feasts.

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    Corporate capitalism caving to radical minority nonsense once again.

    They won't stop until they make vegans out of all of us. But they will still find support for their dopey childish nonsense from some ppl even here.

    The state should declare peta a public nusense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Backspin View Post
    The state should declare poor spellers a public nusense
    ...yep...

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    They have a point, Monkeys should not be used for forced labour.

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    Never had a problem with the idea that monkeys are raised and taught to pick coconuts. Better than not having monkeys at all...

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    I had 2. Used to take the male to the pub in vientiane
    He enjoyed a beer

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
    They have a point, Monkeys should not be used for forced labour.
    They aren't forced. They are rewarded with food. Just like us

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    Quote Originally Posted by Backspin View Post
    They are rewarded with food. Just like us
    ...you were happy with peanuts then...

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    They will all be re-trained to be computer coders!! If that fails they can always teach English in Thailand.
    End Monkey Business Now!-monkey-jpg

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    Pay peanuts, ya get monkeys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    Pay peanuts, ya get monkeys.
    add bananas and you get quality monkeys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckaroo Banzai View Post
    add bananas and you get quality monkeys.
    ...add coconuts and PETA will protest...

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    Free the Sheepdogs!!!




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    ^
    and the Clydesdales, the Kwai, the silkworms......

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    There’s a difference in how those animals are trained. (Silkworms exempted)

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
    There’s a difference in how those animals are trained
    I would hope so, the Kwai and the Clydesdales would really struggle to climb the tree to get the coconuts.

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    Thais should start importing goats!!
    End Monkey Business Now!-goats-jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iceman123 View Post
    I would hope so, the Kwai and the Clydesdales would really struggle to climb the tree to get the coconuts.

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    Is there an extant List anywhere of retail companies that have banned coconut products that use monkeys to harvest? I would find that useful, so that I can boycott them. The retail companies, that is.

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