Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s fiancee Carrie Symonds welcomed the commitment of four British retailers to stop selling coconut products that use monkey labor in their production, and urged others to do so. even.
- PETA Asia survey shows use of pigtail macaques to harvest coconuts
- Products include certain brands of coconut water and coconut milk
- Britain’s largest retailer Tesco says coconut products aren’t made according to practice
Symonds, an ecologist, responded to a report published in the UK Telegraph which highlighted the use of pig-tailed macaques taken from the wild in Thailand and used on farms to collect trees and harvest coconuts.
The report cites an investigation by the animal rights organization PETA Asia.
“Glad Waitrose, Co-op, Boots & Ocado have promised not to sell products that use monkey labor, while Morrisons has already removed them from its stores,” Symonds tweeted.
She called on all other supermarkets to stop selling the products, which include certain brands of coconut water and coconut milk, and named three major chains.
Asda, owned by Walmart, said it was withdrawing the Aroy-D and Chaokoh brand products from sale while it investigated the relationship with its suppliers.
“We expect our suppliers to meet the highest production standards at all times and we will not tolerate any form of animal abuse in our supply chain,” he said in a statement.
A Sainsbury’s spokesperson said she is actively examining her ranges and investigating the problem.
“We are also in contact with PETA UK to support our investigations,” she said.
Tesco, Britain’s largest retailer, said its own brand coconut milk and coconut water did not use a monkey hand in its production and that it did not sell any of the branded products identified by PETA.
“We do not tolerate these practices and would remove from sale any product known to have used monkey labor during its production,” said a spokesperson.