According to the animal rights organization “Ethical Treatment of People with Animals”, Costco is the latest retailer to stop selling coconut milk allegedly made with forced monkeys in Thailand.
PETA stated that the big box store agreed to stop selling milk from certain brands of coconuts it claimed were picked by chained, abused and exploited monkeys.
PETA made its initial allegations earlier this year. Since then, according to a report from USA Today, retailers including Walgreens, Food Lion and Stop & Shop have stopped stocking coconut milk-related brands, including Chaco.
Costco has not officially announced the decision, and a spokesperson told HuffPost that the company could not comment.
map The newspaper reported that Costco vice president Ken Kimble sent a letter to Ingrid Newkirk, the president of the organization, to USA Today.
According to reports, Kimble wrote: “We have stopped purchasing goods from the suppliers/owners of our brand Chakooh.” “We will continue to monitor the implementation of the harvesting policy and will resume purchases once satisfied.”
Aphisak Theppadungporn, managing director of Theppadungporn Coconut Co. Ltd., a Thai coconut milk producer, denied the allegations of forced monkey labor to Reuters in July. According to reports, he said these allegations led to a 30% drop in sales from last year.
Theppadungporn told Reuters that the company has been reviewing plantations since January but has not yet found plantations that have used monkeys.
PETA’s original video reported the alleged abuse as shown below. The video contains some graphic images.
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