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Some coconut water and oil has been removed from supermarke­t shelves after it emerged the products were made using fruit picked by captive pig-tailed macaques.

A PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) Asia investigat­ion revealed that monkeys in Thailand are being kept chained, abusively trained and forced to climb trees to pick coconuts that are used to make coconut milk, meat, flour, oil and other products.

The animal rights group describes the primates as being treated like “coconut-picking machines” and says male monkeys are able to pick up to 1,000 coconuts a day. It has found eight farms where macaques were forced to pick coconuts for export around the world.

“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,” says PETA director Elisa Allen.

More than 16,000 stores around the world have committed to never stocking products sourced from monkey labour. In the UK, major retailers including Walgreens Boots Alliance (operator of Boots) and Asda, among others, have dropped Thai coconut brands following the exposé, and some supermarke­ts have committed to never knowingly selling any products sourced from monkey labour. Jo Price


Brands sold in the UK with policies on ethically sourcing coconuts: discoverwi­

 ??  ?? A chained pigtailed macaque climbs a tree to retrieve coconuts.
A chained pigtailed macaque climbs a tree to retrieve coconuts.

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