Chained ‘Monkeys’ to Protest Thai Embassy in Makati Over Forced Coconut Picking

PETA Protesters Will Call For Immediate End to Thailand’s Cruel Use of Monkeys for Coconut Milk

 Makati — Chained PETA “monkeys” dressed in prison suits will protest outside the Royal Thai Embassy tomorrow with signs that say, “Thailand: Stop Coconut Industry Monkey Abuse,” to call on the ambassador to end the use of monkey labor in Thailand’s coconut industry.

The protest follows PETA’s investigation, which exposed that Thailand’s coconut industry forces monkeys, who are fitted with tight metal collars and chained for life, to harvest coconuts.

“Compassionate consumers from the Philippines and around the world won’t tolerate animal abuse, which is why Thailand must end monkey labor immediately,” says PETA activist Ross Rowalle. “Until monkeys are out of the coconut picking industry in Thailand, PETA is calling on everyone to buy coconut products that are sourced elsewhere.”

As PETA’s investigation revealed, monkeys are chained, isolated from their peers, transported in small cages, and forced to climb trees and collect coconuts day in and day out. The animals show signs of severe mental distress.

After being alerted to the situation, more than 25,000 stores around the world have pledged not to sell coconut products obtained through monkey labor. Filipino brands like Jolly, J em J, SM Bonus, and Sunbest produce gata from Thai coconuts and may be supporting monkey labor.

Where:           Outside the Royal Thai Embassy, 107 Rada Street (near the intersection with Dela Rosa Street), Legaspi Village, Makati City

When:             Wednesday, November 25, 12 noon sharp

Your coverage is invited.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. Photos and and broadcast-quality footag from PETA’s investigation in Thailand are available upon request.

For more information, please visit PETAAsia.com or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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