Liverpool FC Cuts Ties With Monkey Labour

 

For Immediate Release:

10 August 2020

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Jennifer White +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 222; [email protected]

Liverpool FC Cuts Ties With Monkey Labour

PETA Asia Investigation Reveals Suffering Monkeys Forced to Pick Coconuts for Football Club’s Former Official Partner

London – After learning from PETA in late June that Chaokoh uses coconuts picked by terrified monkeys – and after the brand was implicated in PETA Asia’s first-ever undercover investigation into the use of monkeys in Thailand’s coconut industry – Liverpool FC’s partnership with the company was not renewed.

PETA Asia’s investigators visited eight farms where monkeys are forced to pick coconuts for export around the world – as well as four monkey-training facilities and a coconut-picking competition. The animals at these facilities – many of whom were illegally captured as babies – displayed stereotypic behaviour indicative of extreme stress. Monkeys were chained to old tyres or confined to cages that were barely large enough for them to turn around in. One monkey in a cage on a lorry bed was seen frantically shaking the cage bars in a futile attempt to escape, and a screaming monkey on a rope desperately tried to run away from a handler. An investigator learned that if monkeys try to defend themselves, their canine teeth may be pulled out.

“These curious, highly intelligent animals are denied psychological stimulation, companionship, freedom, and everything else that would make their lives worth living, all so that they can be used to gather coconuts,” says PETA Senior Corporate Liaison Dr Carys Bennett. “PETA thanks Liverpool FC for its decision to end its association with Chaokoh and calls on the Thai government to take meaningful steps towards ending the vile practice of using monkeys to harvest coconuts.”

In the UK, Morrisons has suspended its supply of Chaokoh pending investigation. Sainsbury’s, Tesco, and Asda have removed Chaokoh products from their shelves. And Ocado, Waitrose, and Co-op have made the commitment to never knowingly selling any products sourced from monkey labour. Walgreens Boots Alliance (operator of Boots) has committed to not stocking Aroy-D or Chaokoh and not knowingly selling any own-brand coconut food and drink products of Thai origin in its stores in Thailand, the UK, and the US. International companies including Bed Bath & Beyond’s Cost Plus World Market have stopped buying coconut products from Chaokoh. Ahold Delhaize and its brands, including Giant Food, Food Lion, Stop & Shop, and Hannaford in the US as well as Albert Heijn in the Netherlands, have also pledged to cease knowingly stocking and selling any products from suppliers that use monkey labour.

Following the investigation, more than 25,000 stores will no longer purchase coconut products sourced from monkey labour in Thailand.

PETA and its international affiliates oppose speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk.

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