Jakarta: Chained ‘Monkeys’ to Protest Thai Embassy Over Forced Coconut Picking

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

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

Where:           Outside the Royal Thai Embassy, Jl. DR Ide Anak Agung Gde Agung, RT.8/RW.3, Kuningan, Jakarta

When:            Tuesday, December 8, 12 noon sharp

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 Indonesia and around the world won’t tolerate animal abuse, which is why Thailand must end monkey labor immediately,” says PETA Senior Vice President Jason Baker. “Until monkeys are out of the coconut-picking industry in Thailand, PETA is calling on everyone to buy coconut products sourced from 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 26,000 stores around the world have pledged not to sell coconut products obtained through monkey labor.

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

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