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Costco drops coconut milk brand following allegations of forced monkey labor, PETA says
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Costco is dropping coconut milk produced by major Thailand-based manufacturer Chaokoh from its inventory following accusations of forced monkey labor, according to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) officials.
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However, it's a claim Theppadungporn Coconut Co., Ltd. (TCC), the manufacturer and distributor of Chaokoh coconut milk, flatly dismissed nearly four months ago.
Despite Theppadungporn's denials, Costco has become the latest in a slew of retailers that have dropped coconut products from Thai suppliers that have been accused of using monkey labor to harvest the products, PETA officials announced.
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"No kind shopper wants monkeys to be chained up and treated like coconut-picking machines," PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said. "Costco made the right call to reject animal exploitation."
Costco's move to do so comes after PETA disclosed that investigators "found cruelty to monkeys on every farm, at every monkey-training facility, and in every coconut-picking contest that used monkey labor," officials said.