Fallon & Byrne Bans Cruelly Obtained Thai Coconut Milk Products After Talks With PETA
Dublin – Following an action in which PETA supporters dressed as chained monkeys demonstrated outside Fallon & Byrne this weekend, the food hall has confirmed that it has removed all Thai coconut milk products from the shelves – and it doesn’t plan to restock them.
The action followed PETA Asia’s third investigation into the Thai coconut industry, which revealed that threatened and endangered monkeys continue to be tied up, beaten, whipped, and forced to pick coconuts under threat of physical violence, despite government officials’ claims that forced monkey labour has ended.
“This compassionate move from Fallon & Byrne will help spare monkeys a miserable life,” says PETA Vice President of UK Programmes and Operations Elisa Allen. “PETA is urging all retailers to follow the food hall’s lead and shun coconut milk products from Thailand.”
Workers confirmed to PETA Asia’s investigators that monkeys are abducted as babies from their families and forest homes. Their teeth may be pulled out if they try to defend themselves. Investigators found that when the monkeys aren’t being forced to pick coconuts or perform in cruel, circus-style shows for tourists, they’re kept chained by the neck to old tyres and boxes.
PETA Asia’s investigation linked monkey labour to HelloFresh, Chaokoh, Ampol Food, Theppadungporn Coconut Co, Aroy-D, Cocoburi, Tropicana Oil, Thai Pure Coconut Co, Ampawa, Suree, Edward & Sons Trading Co, and many other brands.
PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk or follow the group on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
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