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April 28, 2021
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Hutchinson, Kansas Tomorrow, PETA supporters in monkey costumes will leave hundreds of humanely harvested coconuts at Kroger’s Dillons subsidiary to remind the company that doing business with the Thai brand Chaokoh is crazy. PETA Asia’s investigation revealed that Chaoko is forcing monkeys, kept in cages and chains for their entire lives, to harvest coconuts, which are used in coconut milk products. PETA also shipped coconuts to the homes of Kroger executives and previously threw fruit outside the doors of Kroger’s headquarters.
When: April 29, Thursday, 12 noon
Where: Dillons, 1321 N. Main Street, Hutchinson
PETA Asia researchers have found monkey abuse on every farm, every educational institution, and every coconut-harvesting competition that used monkey labor. When not forced to pick coconuts or perform in circus shows for tourists, the animals were kept tied, chained to old tires, or in cages barely larger than their size — devoid of any semblance of life. Many monkeys displayed repetitive behaviors indicative of extreme distress, including one that gnawed at their limbs. One coconut farmer confirmed that when monkeys are afraid and try to defend themselves, they can have their fangs pulled out.
“The milk from the coconuts harvested by abused monkeys should not be on grocery store shelves the way the monkeys are in these chains,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. PETA Urges Dillons to Ditch the Products of Forced Monkey Labor.
More than 28,000 other stores, including Target, Wegmans, Costco, Walgreens, Food Lion, and Stop & Shop, have banned coconut milk brands that use monkey-harvested coconuts.
PETA, whose motto is in part that “animals are not in our hands to abuse them in any way,” is opposed to arrogance, which is a worldview focused on human superiority. For more information please visit PETA.org or subscribe to the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram…